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RE: Could Free Software be developed in Union of Soviet Socialist ic R epublics? (was RE: [hackers-il] "It is Time to Talk about Free Softw are")

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  • Omer Musaev
    -----Original Message----- From: Nadav Har El [mailto:nyh@math.technion.ac.il] Sent: Sunday, October 20, 2002 11:40 AM To: hackers-il@yahoogroups.com
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 20, 2002
      ' -----Original Message-----
      ' From: Nadav Har'El [mailto:nyh@...]
      ' Sent: Sunday, October 20, 2002 11:40 AM
      ' To: hackers-il@yahoogroups.com
      ' Subject: Re: Could Free Software be developed in Union of Soviet
      ' Socialistic R epublics? (was RE: [hackers-il] "It is Time to
      ' Talk about
      ' Free Software")
      '
      '
      ' On Sun, Oct 20, 2002, Omer Musaev wrote about "Could Free
      ' Software be developed in Union of Soviet Socialistic R
      ' epublics? (was RE: [hackers-il] "It is Time to Talk about
      ' Free Software")":
      ' > [ ... ] However,
      ' > in order to extend freedom of speech, one has to have
      ' freedom of speech.
      ' > That's the missing link.
      ' > In USSR no-one had freedom of speech.
      [ .... ]
      ' Also, free software is not only about freedom, but also about
      ' equality [2].
      '
      ' Of course, at the time, the USSR had neither freedom nor
      ' equality, so I
      ' suppose the idea that the Internet should have come out of
      ' the USSR may
      ' indeed be silly.

      From the technical side, Internet as a solution for fault-tolerant and
      redundant interconnection of military installations problem, could've,
      actually, come from USSR. In fact, as a policy, almost every military
      research center in USSR was doubled, if not tripled[1]. Extending that
      attitude to solution of the abovementioned problem, would have, naturally,
      produce a result similar to what is known today as "the Net."


      ' May I remind you that it wasn't my idea - I was just quoting
      ' some other person's essay? So don't blame me :)

      I did not intend, nor do I now to "blame" anybody. What I intended,
      and I do now, is to point to the fact that Free Software is as non
      Communist as any thing can be. Nothing personal (except the personal
      experience with "applied equality", as practiced in USSR.)


      [1]
      Take, for example, Soviet military aircraft industry. There was no
      single aspect of mainstream military aviation that was served by
      only one RnD bureau. Even extremely futuristic projects, such as
      nuclear powered strategic bombers, were doubled (Tu-95LAL and M-50.)


      --
      Omer Mussaev
      Mercury Interactive R&D
      Topaz EMS team
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