Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Jan 2006 18:41 UTC, submitted by jonobacon
GNU, GPL, Open Source "When I first got into open source many moons ago, the advocacy movement was a thriving and vocal part of the community. Most of the movers and shakers back in the day were advocating the use of free and open software at work, to their friends and to their local community via LUGs and other groups. Back then, advocacy was a key part of the community, not only in showing existing computer users this alternative software, but also advising disadvantaged people for whom free software could really open up the doors to skill, employment and potential. Recently it seems this community-driven advocacy effort has petered out somewhat, and there are far fewer people talking about, conducting, exploring, refining and pushing open aource advocacy."
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RE[4]: Maybe more subtle?
by ma_d on Fri 20th Jan 2006 01:56 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Maybe more subtle?"
ma_d
Member since:
2005-06-29

Programmers are not the only people who can hire programmers.
So, group 2 who benefits, anyone with money: Businesses.

Generally this group benefits far more than programmers. Finding a fix for a bug in software you've never touched is not easy; and so most of us will look for alternative software (especially if the bug is non-trivial, as most that don't get fixed seem to be in all software).

The real beneficiary of this becomes the user because:
1.) Someone with wealth will likely need very useful software.
2.) They're willing to pay to fix it, because they're probably using it to profit, when the old maintainer dies/retires/gets bored.
3.) It's GPL'ed, so they have to make their changes available.
4.) So now they're the new maintainer.
5.) Everyone using it now benefits.

That's theoretical, so there will be loop-holes and such; practice never perfectly follows theory. But that's the idea, and that's why FOSS is not for programmers.
Close source is for programmers, it's how we can make the most money.

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RE[5]: Maybe more subtle?
by tomcat on Fri 20th Jan 2006 03:42 in reply to "RE[4]: Maybe more subtle?"
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

Programmers are not the only people who can hire programmers.

Most people do not hire programmers. They don't want to deal with those kinds of problems. They buy their computer with an OS pre-installed by an OEM. They get their software pre-installed or install retail shrinkwrap. If nothing suits their needs, they either try to use an existing program or they go without. That's reality on the ground.

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RE[6]: Maybe more subtle?
by ma_d on Fri 20th Jan 2006 04:11 in reply to "RE[5]: Maybe more subtle?"
ma_d Member since:
2005-06-29

You didn't read the whole comment.

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