Networks need diversity

GPL zealots play with fire

Open source lobbyists are pushing laws through various legislatures to prohibit Governments from purchasing software from companies who won’t publish source code. Bill Gates, naturally, sees this as a threat and will roll out his biggest guns to prevent it from happening. In this scenario, pointless and destructive conflict is inevitable. The zealots (and the monopolists) need to understand that monocultures are bad for almost everyone. The networked economy’s complex ecology needs diversity. Open source and proprietary code will co-exist and the tension created will be productive.