We won the battle for Linux, but we’re losing the battle for freedom

We won the battle for Linux, but we’re losing the battle for
freedom.

Linux turns 25 in August 2016. Linux Journal turned 21
in April 2016. (Issue #1 was
April 1994, the month Linux hit version 1.0.) We’re a generation into the
history of our cause, but the fight isn’t there anymore, because we won. Our
cause has achieved its effects.

It helps to remember that Linux was a fight, and so were free software and open
source. If they weren’t fights, they wouldn’t have won what they did. They also
wouldn’t have been interesting, meaning there wouldn’t have been any Linux
stories, or a Linux Journal.

Stories are what make a subject interesting. To program a story, you need three
elements:

A protagonist, which could be a person, a group or an easily personified cause
that people can identify with.

A problem, or a set of problems, against which the protagonist struggles.

Movement toward resolution.

If you lack one those, you don’t have a story.

With Linux,


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