09 Oct 2000

The Patent Problem

Free software is about open standards. The high quality and reliability of free software emerges naturally and directly from the complete sharing of all information and the opportunity to improve the product. Closed protools and closed code radically reduce the number of people who are available to develop, test and repair software, which in turn means lesser quality and reliability. And because code is not freely available for modification, someone who has a better idea has to start over from scratch, which means that fundamental improvements happen much more slowly.

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