Wal-Mart v. Linux
Wal-Mart has made it its goal to change everything we once knew about corporations. In fact, over time they have changed the balance of power in the business world. They are often considered the “world leader logistics efficiency machine.” There is no negotiation when it comes to Wal-Mart. They dictate their monopoly over their manufacturers with a goal of driving down prices. In cases where manufacturers refuse, Wal-Mart refuses to stock that manufacturer’s product. In the end, such a result hurts the retailer in a much greater degree than it does Wal-Mart. In Chris’s blog, he explains that, “Wal-Mart doesn’t mind bullying their manufacturers. Even as the manufacturer's cost of production rises, Wal-Mart will not raise their supposed “low price,” forcing the company to lose profits. If the manufacturer does not comply with their demands, Wal Mart will no longer do business with them. Rubbermaid, for example, became hugely successful thanks to Wal-Mart, but now the business has gone bankrupt...also thanks to Wal-Mart.This is a large part of why Wal-Mart is so successful. They make sure that no matter what happens during the negotiation process that they always have the upper-hand, or the advantage.
In the case of GNU-Linux, there is no upper-hand or advantage among those who maintain the organization. It is a development from the “free software movement.” Linux has twelve million users, liked for its speed, an alternative to the Windows operating system, and most importantly, is developed by programmers on the Internet. The advantage lies in specifically those who utilize the company. Negotiations over credit, or lawyers handling matters of copyright simply does not exist in the world of Linux. Relationships between Linux and its developers are that of an equal status, unlike Wal-Mart, competition is merely nonexistent. In Meghan’s blog, she explains that, “The GNU-Linux developers call all computer users to take part in the creation of software. They feel that, so long as someone has the knowledge to be able to use the system they should have free access to the available software. This is in direct opposition to the fact companies like Microsoft would like to restrict software access to just an elite few.”
It is clear to see that Wal-Mart and Linux are poar oppisites to the other in their means of productivity. In capitalistic country, it makes sense that Wal-Mart is the leading corporation it is. However, in also supposed democratic country, it is interesting that there is such controversy over the ethics of Linux. I find myself lost in our country’s “ethics” and have determined that we are just a large and endless contradiction.