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When done well, software is invisible.


Bjarne Stroustrup on Wired
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A solid working knowledge of productivity software and other IT tools has become a basic foundation for success in virtually any career. Beyond that, however, I don't think you can overemphasise the importance of having a good background in maths and science.


Bill Gates, "Bill Gates: The skills you need to succeed". BBC News. 14 December 2007. 
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Me, I just don't care about proprietary software. It's not "evil" or "immoral," it just doesn't matter. I think that Open Source can do better, and I'm willing to put my money where my mouth is by working on Open Source, but it's not a crusade – it's just a superior way of working together and generating code.


Linus Torvalds, March 19, 2007 – "The Torvalds Transcript: Why I 'Absolutely Love' GPL Version 2". 
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Paying isn't wrong, and being paid isn't wrong. Trampling other people's freedom and community is wrong, so the free software movement aims to put an end to it, at least in the area of software.


Richard Stallman, Free Software Magazine interview, January 23, 2008
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This existing base of FLOSS software represents a lower bound of about 131,000 real person-years of effort that has been devoted exclusively by programmers. As this is mostly by individuals not directly paid for development, it represents a significant gap in national accounts of productivity. Annualised and adjusted for growth this represents at least 800 million euros in voluntary contribution from programmers alone each year, of which nearly half are based in Europe.


Study on the: Economic impact of open source software on innovation and the competitiveness of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector in the EU.

(Note: FLOSS is an acronym for "free, libre and open source software".)

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A refund for defective software might be nice, except it would bankrupt the entire software industry in the first year.


Andrew S. Tanenbaum, Computer Networks, 2003, Introduction, page 14
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