Open source is liberal? Nah

Open source is not a Democratic ideology. It's not a Republican ideology, either. It's just a neutral technology--or, if anything, a conservative ideal, making software a local affair.

BusinessWeek's Steve Hamm quotes David Kralik, director of Internet strategy for American Solutions, who believes that Republicans are gun-shy of open-source software:

Open source is a powerful force, but a lot of people on the right think it's liberal, and they don't want to be involved with it. They think if Apple likes it, they don't. That's a mistake. Open source is politically neutral. We should be using it.

Well, as an Apple-loving, open-source conservative, I have to say I agree. In fact, if anything, I believe open source is an inherently conservative ideal, making software a local affair, rather than a "big government" or "big vendor" affair.

But really, it's just technology, not ideology. Democrats can use open source. Republicans can. No party has a lock on .Net, MySQL, PHP, or (name your technology preference). They're just tools for getting our jobs done, and guess what? Open source happens to be a highly efficient way of getting an widening array of jobs done.

In this economy, that's something both conservatives and liberals need, and should agree upon.

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