Bass said:dahat said:*snip*
True belief(tm) shouldn't be underestimated. Entire superpowers have fell under it's power.
And really the lure of free software is more powerful then you guys think. Some of the idealogy is very strongly tied to the quote unquote "resource based economy" ideas that have been gaining momemetum as possible replacements to capitalism. The idea is that through technology advacements (especially in the field of computer science) human will no longer need to work, and all human labor will become labors of love.
Actually to add to this, there is a Microsoft employee named Keith Curtis who wrote a book "After the Software Wars", which is primarly a book about free software. It's written in the perspective of his experience as a Microsoft employee.
It's worth a read. Costs $13 on Amazon or free if you download from his website.