[sword-devel] conversations with Stallman

Mike Dougherty sword-devel@crosswire.org
20 Dec 2001 10:52:27 -0800

On Thu, 2001-12-20 at 09:26, Timothy R. Butler wrote:
>   I agree, but I might point out I think you are referring to the "free 
> software movement." The open source movement smells a lot less socialist 
> (yest there is a difference between the two). A friend of mine pointed out 
> recently several reasons why he thought Christians should use open source 
> software:
>   1.) Would you rather have your church spend $10,000 to move the new PC's to 
> WinXP, OfficeXP, and networking them together with Windows.net, or spend $50 
> bucks for a Linux distro, and spend $9,950 on missions or evangelism or Bible 
> translation (I couldn't resist throwing that last one in)?
>   2.) The ideology of open source, in some ways, seems very Christian. It 
> encourages the community to help each other, and to work together. This is 
> something that parallels the way Christians at least *should* work together.
>   3.) Back to money, would it be better to spend $1,500 on Office, Windows, 
> Bible study software, and whatever else for your home PC, or to spend $50 and 
> give $1,450 to a local Christian food bank or help your church meet it's 
> budget?
>   Clearly socialism is (very) dangerous, but open source can be very 
> capitalistic too, RedHat proves that.
>   -Tim

I couldn't agree with you more! But you would not believe the resistance
I ran into when I approached our churches IT manager on that very
subject, with those exact arguments. Man, talk about religiously
fanatical about Microsoft! Just the mention of "Open Source" and he was
going off to no end.

Oh well, some people are just that close-minded.


 Mike Dougherty -- Java Software Engineer
 Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
 		-- Ralph Waldo Emerson