A TM that summarizes the Linux “community”, the open-source development culture as well as the IT industry at large.
Read this article. Take particular notice of point #3. Yes, this is apparently the attitude most (if not all) (F)OSS proponents share.
It is a pretty common misconception that “innovation” means you take a flash of ideas that you have conceived from atop a toilet seat, and then trivially apply it to a lump of whatever things in existence. There are approximately 6 billion people on earth at the time of this writing, and many more before that. By the principle of the birthday paradox, that means chances are at least some people have probably thought of the same ideas that your immense snobbery tries to convince you as novel, and – what’s more – have fought countless hours only to come to the conclusion that these “novel” ideas are simply stupid and unworkable.
Of course, why bother looking up on what someone else has already done when you can waste the same amount of sweet time just to reach the same conclusions, preferably while burning through millions of dollars of investors’ money?
We have gone from Lindows to Ubuntu, bringing absolutely nothing new to the table except the oh-so-important variations between “free” and “non-free”. But why stop there?
We have gone from TWM to Compiz, bringing absolutely nothing new to the table except the oh-so-important variations in “hey-look-it’s-so-wobbly”. But why stop there?
We have even gone from Facebook to “Facebook but …”, bringing also absolutely nothing new to the table except the oh-so-important variations in God-knows-what. But why stop there?
Just keep playing around aimlessly with that source, and hope that the Nobel Prize of whatever will come waiting at your doorsteps.
As Albert Einstein once said, “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.”