May 16, 2007

Every morning, Sam takes a walk down to the park before turning left at the corner. Sam takes the morning newspaper, clipped under while the left hand holds the coffee. The elevator door opens leading into the company lobby at the 48th floor of the tallest building in town. Carrying a shoulder strap leather bag, he places it on top of a wooden table, plugs the cable to the ethernet, flips the cover before touching the On button. The screen opens up with a splash screen showing an image of a penguin with a logo at the bottom–Linux.

Sam is not alone, he is only just one of the many who use Linux as their primary environment. He is joined by his officemates who run standard OEM machines provided by several companies. The Chief Technology Officer also carry a notebook loaded with Linux.

“All of our notebooks here run Linux,” Sam said. “A lot of our applications run natively on several hardware configurations, although we still use other OS for legacy applications such as Windows and MacOS,” added Sam.

It wasn’t long ago, thirty years to be exact when computing was done on a different level. The economics of software development were different, a product of a system that has long been replaced by a new paradigm. “My parents told me they used to pay a lot and they bought in pieces,” Sam said. “At that time, before the great correction, my parents had to endure a lot from creating programs that may infringe. They fought hard against those who seek to subvert the true essence of the law and they won,” added Sam.

Sam and his company are now enjoying the fruits of those who fought for freedom. It wasn’t because they believe the old regime will stay the same, they believed on the idea that they could be free to use and share the works they produced. A new culture emerged from it and is now considered the majority culture.