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How Open Source Might Finally Become Mainstream 231

geegel writes "The Wall Street Journal has a very interesting article on how autocracies are now embracing open source, while at the same promoting national based IT services. The author, Evgeny Morozov, paints a bleak future of the future World Wide Web."
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How Open Source Might Finally Become Mainstream

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  • "Finally?" (Score:4, Informative)

    by fnj ( 64210 ) on Wednesday January 12, 2011 @07:53PM (#34855944)

    Open Source might "finally" become mainstream? It hasn't been mainstream for quite some time? What strange alternate universe is this?

  • Re:"Finally?" (Score:5, Informative)

    by Korin43 ( 881732 ) on Wednesday January 12, 2011 @07:58PM (#34855990) Homepage

    Clearly the fact that Google and Facebook are built largely on open source software is meaningless. Who's ever heard of those? No, it's when foreign governments start using open source software that people will pay attention ;)

  • Re:Interesting (Score:5, Informative)

    by mellon ( 7048 ) on Wednesday January 12, 2011 @10:10PM (#34857050) Homepage

    No offense, man, but it looks like you didn't actually read the article—you just skimmed it for something to disagree with. He doesn't say that at all. What he says is that it's likely that national governments, including the U.S. government, will resist purchasing and using software written by companies in other countries. And it's also likely that the U.S. government's attempts to get Silicon Valley companies to put back doors in all their software will feed into this trend.

    The bit about open source isn't even the point of the article—it's just the lead-in. He doesn't actually draw any conclusions about open source other than that it may play some role in the balkanization of software on a national level, because it provides a jumping-off point for national versions of software. Frankly, it's a damned good article; the slashdot summary doesn't do it justice.

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