[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.
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