Whigh I am pretty sure everyone on here is aware the world is transforming and how that transformation has been affecting Boston. Using language like GNUrd does not further that message. Also there are books written about every time and place change is the one constant in human society and while change is happening very rapidly now that has been the case for hundreds of years. Your own post acknowledges this is a continuation of trends that are centuries old and also is not contributing to any meaningful or substantive discussion of the actual project here. Also GNU is not a talisman to the process it is just one form of free open source software. Is it important? Yes, but it is not the only important thing happening and Boston in general is much more focused on biotech, pharmaceuticals, and robotics than consumer facing software development. GNU may be used in some of these projects but it isn't the only option and it has absolutely no recognized mystical or spiritual properties as you have implied.