The Open Source Everything Manifesto: Chapter 2 Open-Source Everything Extract I

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Chapter 2 Open-Source Everything Extract I

When we allowed for the “taking” of Earth resources for private profit, without regard to the true cost of the taking to the ninety-nine percent as well as future generations, we broke the Whole Earth System, literally.  We began corrupting the smooth feedback loops and ecologies that had been centuries in the making, in essence poking holes in t he fabric of nature within which man had been a component, but not a dominant nor even a decisive change agent.

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The heart of F/OSS is not in avoiding financial costs, but rather in avoiding opportunity costs imposed by the proprietary or concealed source code that cannot be improved upon by others at will.

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Quoting from the Open-Source Initiative under the leadership of Michael Tiermann:

Open-Source is a development method for software that harnesses the power of distributed peer review and transparency of process.  The promise of Open-Source is better quality, higher reliability, more flexibility, lower cost, and an end to predatory lock-in.

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