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Date: 2024-07-15 Page is: DBtxt001.php txt00001710

Technology, Society and Economy
Open Source and Operating Systems

The rise and fall of Illumos ... how corporate executives hijack technology to serve the corporation and not society

COMMENTARY
This slide show associates the successful development of technology by engineers with the less than successful development of systems to suit the agenda of corporate executives and their investors. This is an important idea. The work done over the past 50 years by scientists and engineers has been amazing ... but much of the potential has been hijacked by a powerful corporate executive elite and others with wealth and power, leaving only a rather modest slice to improve society and quality of life. This is a big part of the issue that the Occupy Movement wants to see addressed, though they are not articulating the matter in this way.
Peter Burgess

Web definitions of BDFL
Benevolent Dictator For Life or BDFL is a title given to a small number of open source software development leaders. The term was coined in 1995 to refer to Guido van Rossum, creator of the Python programming language. The BDFL resolves disputes or competing arguments within the community.
... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BDFL


B. Cantrill
December 2011
The text being discussed is available at http://www.slideshare.net/bcantrill
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