Re: Freedom for who? And is this freedom important?
Posted by: Anonymous
on October 05, 2008 02:30 PM
<quote>The Free Software/Open Source movement puts principles before practicality. Regular folks want practicality before principles.</quote>
That is sort of true although I would say regular folks more often buy stuff just because of the latest ad campaign rather than the practicality of the product. Regardless, it does not follow that proprietary software must be practical just because it is unprincipled.
You may not value Free Software or Free Speech for that matter but that has no bearing on their value. Corporations in just about every industry DEMAND that workers work for free when they are salaried. That has nothing to do with Free Software. Most Free Software developers are paid and those that are not choose to offer their code back to the community in exchange for the vast resources the community gave them access to.