Re: [ox-en] Translation complete: GNU/Linux - Milestone on the Way to the GPL Society
Tom Chance <tom@...
2004-12-13 14:51:16 GMT
Stefan and others,
On Sunday 12 Dec 2004 20:03, Stefan Merten wrote:
> As most Oekonux texts this one also can be commented on as an
> OpenTheory project under
I couldn't see where to make general comments on that page, so here are some
thoughts I had whilst reading it.
1) GNU/Linux has exchange value, and that is significant. You dismiss the fact
that companies have based profit models on Free Software as being temporary,
something that will disintegrate when all software is released under the GPL
(what about other licenses?). Of course for hackers, the exchange value is
irrelevant - or rather, invisible - to the account of their mode of
production. They are working outside of the capitalist paradigm, unalienated.
But is it not significant that a product and a mode of production that is
unalienated, that isn't created fetishistic commodities, can also have an
exchange value? GNU/Linux is embedded in a capitalist paradigm and is, at the
same time, challenging it and making it irrelevant. It strikes me that
because of this, GNU/Linux poses part of an answer to Andre Gorz's challenge
to find spaces within capitalist society in which life unfolds freely, and
that can become increasingly broad with time.
2) Why have you not accounted for paid work on GNU/Linux? Many hackers are
paid full or part time wages for their work on Free Software projects, and
wouldn't be able to dedicate anywhere near the amount of time that they do
otherwise. This fact raises two questions: a) are they still unalienated? And