[UPHPU] OT: open source software and freedom (was: Zend Studio)

John David Anderson uphpu at mail.johndavidanderson.net
Mon Jun 6 14:31:30 MDT 2005

It seems to me that many FSF/OSS fans are trying to work towards a  
higher purpose - something more like socialism rather than the  
capitalistic model we run under now. All music/software/writing  
should be owned by humanity at large, everyone creating because it  
helps everyone out.

These unalienable rights are those that allow us to listen/read/run  
anything we want and use it however we want. It really seems like a  
great idea when you think about it, and the power it would give to  
humanity would be awesome...

While I think that's an awesome idea I don't really know if it is  
going to happen anytime soon. These sort of approaches have been  
tried in the past, but I think a combined approach is more practical  
- certain things really need to be Free: word processors, operating  
systems, games, programming languages ... because *everyone* uses  
those to a degree. But - if you want nifty handy-dandy features, you  
can pay (which means that it isn't Free or free) to use those until  
they eventually become something everyone uses.

Both have their place, and trading your hard earned dollar for their  
hard earned lines of code is perfectly ethical in every respect. We  
all do it everyday.

-- John

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