Well i got to wondering, does Linux (and indeed FOSS in general) pose a threat to capitalism? In many ways i think it does, with it being largely geared towards getting the community involved, and showing the world that you don't have to kneel before these large corporate companies and pay them for software that you don't really get a choice in. In fact, the whole idea of Open Source shows a Socialist attitude in that it gets the community involved in the work, people do what they want and like to do so they do what they are best at (efficient allocation of labour), and there not being one large company to turn to or blame when something goes wrong or you seek help, but there being a group of volunteers that you rely on. So when i decided for myself that it isn't pro capitalism and is more likely to be under a separate economic category this must logically mean that it's anti capitalism, although not openly and not drastically.
Then i got to thinking that if this is the case, is it necessarily a bad thing? I think not - quite the opposite - for several reasons. The first being that it's a reality, Linux is here and it works, rather well. I much prefer the style of interaction and creation that it brings compared to the alternatives. Whereas in the past anything other than capitalism (communism) has ended in complete disaster. This opens up a world of possibilities, as they say 'Money is the route of all evil' to varying degrees of truth i believe that we could further Humanity a lot more than it has currently progressed, with the people who have the most control being the one's that own the most money, and those that have the lust to get more no matter what. Oil companies for instance, are so blinded by their lust for money, that frankly isn't going to be spent, that they can't see what this is actually doing to the rest of the world, or if they can they simply don't care about it. Capitalism works, but it breeds humans that aren't the kind you want, be it to represent the species or just to befriend. So by this reasoning i think they we, as in humanity as a whole, could do better. Besides, capitalism has got us into this economic mess and caused much more depression than you would have initially thought, to the point where it's likely you will end up spending roughly a third of your life doing something that you don't like doing just to keep living. But; is the world ready for a change at the click of your fingers? Definitely not. The ideal that Linux and other Open Source software push forward is the first step in a long, long journey that the people of this Earth should undertake if we want industries and projects to be run and manned by people that know what they are doing and they're doing it because they like doing it, and to see the style of community and opportunity that you get with Linux to take place on a global scale.
What do you think of this matter? Discuss...
I'd like to point out that i drew some inspiration from this
article and the fact that i'm a self confessed Star Trek fan, a universe in which they have abolished money to better suit the needs of the planet, where you don't do things for material wealth but for the good of everything.