Open Source Software, Oct 04

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The Internet seems to bring out both the best and the worst in us. Lately in this column we’ve been focusing on the bad guys — the sniveling wormy lowlifes that create viruses. But there’s a much larger cadre of good guys.

These unsung heroes create "open-source" software. They represent humanity at its best. They want nothing more than to give you — for free — absolutely the best software available. You can download free Internet browsers that are better than Internet Explorer, a free office-productivity suite that is compatible with Microsoft Office and that some say is just as powerful, a free photo editor that competes with Photoshop — and more…

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Jim Karpen, Ph.D., college professor, Internet devotee. Jim teaches writing at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa. Jim has been interested in the revolutionary consequences of computer technology ever since writing his Ph.D. dissertation in 1984 at Bowling Green State University on the study of the "digitized word".