Obvious materialism: precarity in a post-scarcity world creates an imperative to milk value from source that was only possible to create because of the surplus (energy, computing power, time) that allows us to see code as free. It's a contradiction baybee!
"Microsoft openly (through leaked documents, in any case) worried about the quality and success of the GNU/Linux systems"
The solution was to reabsorb it.
(open source culture and aesthetics)
Open source culture could be seen as the anarchism to the vacant "digital socialism" Kevin Kelly articulated. Both superficially resemble their political theory counterpart but don't necessarily incorporate any of their core tenet or critiques of capitalism, gender, hierarchy, etc. Do they lack an ethic? Is open source culture broadly (with notable exceptions) a careerist one?
"So why do we give away our software for free to companies that exploit us and our work? It can be fun to participate in open source ecosystems—you can make friends, and build software you are proud of. But free software, by itself, is not an emancipatory political movement. How can we build up this digital peer-production commons while surviving the ravages of late capitalism?"
"The benefits for everyone from this include a much greater feeling of ownership of the space by a wider spectrum of the arts community. The openness of the programme also brings in a broader variety of audiences and helps us break down some of the barriers to access that can easily grow around an art centre. The building can provide support for a large section of the arts community in the city and the programme can reflect more cultural perspectives than our small team could achieve on its own. Perhaps the bottom line is we hope the activity, cultural momentum and diversity of the programme demonstrates the best possible use of public funding for the arts in the city."