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  •  open software can have counter-intuitive benefits. (5+ / 0-)
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    Samulayo, RUNDOWN, annan, wasatch, worldlotus

    It creates a larger community, more people involved, a better spirit of cooperation - exactly the values that need to be employed to strengthen and build progressive movements that go beyond turning out votes for a presidential election.  By releasing the source you're growing your community, and the open nature of it reflects well on the Democrat-leaning ideals that attract other (mainly young) people to those movements. Opening the code will get more talent, and be a great advertisement for who the 'good guys' really are.

    Sure some republicans may benefit somewhat from the open source, but the real value is not the software.  It's the people who put their energy into it,  who know what to do with it, and who know how to guide and evolve it to greatest use. We want those people to join up with the 'good guys'. More proprietary motives may seem common sense, but there's good chance it actually works out in the opposite manner. It's not the software, it the people!

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