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Monday May 12th, 2003

Bob Clary has posted a newsgroup message to netscape.public.mozilla.general about the future of Mozilla's Technology Evangelism effort, which aims to increase support for Mozilla and other Gecko-based browsers on the Web and inside of corporations.


#21 Mozilla is Communism

by Mithgol

Wednesday May 14th, 2003 8:04 AM

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That's right, Thrawn, the ideas of Communism have never been properly put into practice in any state. That's because we yet can't copy objects of material world. Equal distibution is nothing compared to creation, and only creation (by copying) may fulfill everyone's needs.

But things differ in the wired world - especially when you consider open source projects. They are truly Communist: everyone can get the product for free, and also everyone can donate his time, ideas, anywhat - to make the following version better. And the older version is easy to delete, since it's just a bunch of magnetic domains properly organised to bit and byte microstructures on your hard drives.

When nanotechnological robotechnics will make it possible to create (assemble), copy, delete, reconstruct and recompile objects of real world as easy as it is now in wired world of software (as easy as one click to copy, or several thousand clicks to change code), then the Communism will naturally be the best way of production. Even now you don't actually need money in wired world, all that ads and software sale is just because you can't dwell in wired world, every day you're back in the desert of the real.

I think of Open Source as of some form of Communism determined to exist in modern world of limited resources of creation, the world where copyright is used for selling ideas, not only having them signed by author's name.

Ideas of Communism has nothing to do with military might, making centuries bloody, terrorizing people and so on. They are as simple as "When you pirate MP3, you're downloading Communism". But it's not necessary to be a pirate. Every free copy of open source software is truly Communist, whether you like it or not. Every patch proposed in Bugzilla is Communist.

Means of production are not necessary to be controlled by the state, and hence by the people. It could be controlled by individuals as well. Anyone has enough means of production to make a copy of file - and we call it "downloading".

The Lizard is Red.

That's why I made all those communist splashes at mithgol.pp.ru/Mozilla/ <http://mithgol.pp.ru/Mozilla/> ;-)