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Quote of the day: Open source as American as apple pie

A speaker at Red Hat's annual user summit argued that the politics of open source are not anti-business or anything to be ashamed of, but a return to America's inventive roots after a period dominated by innovation-stifling monopolies.

"The actual politics are very American--they are not scary, but as natural as apple pie. The free software solution is a return to the traditional result of personal ingenuity," said Eben Moglen, professor of law at Columbia Law School and the founding director of The Software Freedom Law Center. "It's freedom to invent, not reinvent--not invent over again something someone else had invented and locked up, but invent in the way that inventing was done in the great spurt of 19th-century inventiveness."

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