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Is open source software a form of Socialism at work?

The open source model includes the concept of concurrent yet different agendas and differing approaches in production, in contrast with more centralized models of development such as those typically used in commercial software companies.[2] A main principle and practice of open source software development is peer production by bartering and collaboration, with the end-product (and source-material) available at no cost to the public. This is increasingly being applied in other fields of endeavor, such as biotechnology.[3]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_source

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I would say it is but the real question is, "Is it better?" ;)

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Yes it is in some ways. However, it is more similar to our natural state, small, medium and large groups of people working towards a goal.

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notice."....in contrast with more centralized models of development such as those typically used in commercial software companies"

Communism is a model based on centralized command over production and commerce, and is in many respects more like the closed centralized systems of big corporations than the open source movements. Especially since most communist countrys had central plans which everyone had to follow, (that sort of never panned out) and given the size of some corporations (some of them are bigger then the average country) then I would say that they show more charecteristics of communism than open source movements. Open source movements dont have a central aim - anyone can take the source file and do whatever with it and then if it works well it gets adapted into the mainframe of the program

In a sense open source is more like a hyperactive evolution (of code and technology)

some say open source as a organization theory is the bastard child of both capitalism and communism. It at least has characteristics of both.

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