The Free Software hardliner, the corporation, and the shotgun wedding
Posted by: Anonymous
on January 20, 2008 10:49 PM
Wedding? Please! Pregnant bride? Are you high!
No matter how tightly coupled a codebase is to its developers, free software preserves yours and everyone's freedom to fork.
It doesn't matter who monopolizes the codebase, whether a for-profit corporation like IBM, an non-profit organization like FSF, or a benevolent dictator. When you disagree with the maintainer's choices, be thankful for your freedoms.
These corporations are producing software that everyone is free to use and create derivatives from. If what they did was easy, you would have no difficulty building communities to produce AssadOffice, AssadFox, AssadSQL.
Did you hear, Sun open sourced Java, ATI released specs needed for the radeon-hd driver? These companies do succumb to 'nagging,' even MicroSoft.
So, get off your choir-insulting soapbox and exercise your freedoms: patch, branch, and fork to your heart's content.