Posted by: Anonymous
on December 20, 2008 12:10 AM
Actually, I re-read the article and decided that Bruce Byfield isn't the sharpest tool in the shed.
For instance, he says: "I use Firefox, as I do GNU/Linux, out of a wish to have a free system, so how dare the writers of these extensions try to slip proprietary software on me unaware?"
Well Bruce: maybe the author of said proprietary add-on should add some code to the installer saying "if user is an open source purist then do not install". Now, when you are able to come up with some logic to implement that, come back and complain about how the "writers of these extensions try to slip proprietary software on me unaware".
For somebody clamoring so much about freedom, you don't seem to understand the basics of it. Your crusade isn't shared by everyone. Some of us simply don't care. I'll use a free tool if it does what I need. I'll pay for a non-free tool if it does what I need. People deserve to get compensated for their work, and should have the freedom to chose their business model. If they chose a FOSS model, I have no problem. If they chose another model, again, I have no problem. The world doesn't revolve around me -- I am nobody to tell them what business model to chose. And it doesn't revolve around you either, and you are nobody to tell them what model to chose either.
In summary -- if you have such a humongous issue with proprietary extensions, the onus is upon you to read the license, and decide to install or not install. But quit whining about it.