Linked by David Adams on Mon 2nd Aug 2010 03:53 UTC, submitted by fsmag
GNU, GPL, Open Source We are heading towards a world where we no longer own the hardware we buy -- and there is no point in having free software if you can't own your hardware.
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RE: Is it good or bad?
by Zifre on Mon 2nd Aug 2010 17:23 UTC in reply to "Is it good or bad?"
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First, whenever I say free software in this post, I mean as in beer.

But I'm also happy software is less and less free as beer.

I don't think this is true. I'm pretty sure that more software is becoming free. Either way, it doesn't really matter how many projects are free, just what amount of software usage is free software. I'm pretty sure that people are getting more software for free now than before. Even on the iPhone, I think that the vast majority of purchases are free apps (and very few purchases are greater than $5).

And if software really is getting more expensive, maybe that explains the increases in piracy?

but it makes no sense at all to share it with end users.

It may not make sense to you, because you want to make money. But the user wants to get as good quality software as possible for as little price as possible. Thus, users prefer free software, unless it is bad quality. And in a world were free software is abundant, selling your software is often (but certainly not always) a great way to make sure that nobody ever uses it.

Also, all of those developers were "just" end users at one point. If they couldn't freely experiment with software development, how many of them do you think would be programmers today?

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