WOW! Community soap opera - and then some!
Posted Oct 3, 2006 15:39 UTC (Tue) by Sombrio
In reply to: WOW! Community soap opera - and then some!
Parent article: Busy busy busybox
3. Are we about to witness a huge FOSS licensing split?
It is inevitable. This has actually been coming for a long time, ever since the term Open Source was coined. Open Source was invented to make the Free software movement attractive to the business world and draw investments. It worked, and today there is a very significant and large investment by commercial interests in Open Source Software. However, the Free software leaders have always been uneasy with the term Open Source and never really supported it. They don't see the value that business brings to the table and they have a deep and entrenched distust of people of influence or people of wealth.
Unfortunately the keepers of the GPL and the leaders of the current changes have become a liability for the business interests. They have clearly shown that they have nothing but disrespect for the political and business leaders of our society. The notion that congress is evil or that business is only out to screw the public, is quite frankly, delusionary. Those who espouse such concepts are in fact creating a culture of hate, and they need medication and counseling before they get violent. While the leaders of Free software were once visionary and creating positive change, their anger has overcome them, and they are no longer people that I, nor many others are willing to follow. I simply can not support the kinds of divisive, hateful, and acidic things that I hear from the Free side of the F/OSS leaders.
Business has invested too much in open source to walk away now. Business is not evil, congress is not evil, DRM does mean Digital Rights Managament and has nothing to do with Digital Restrictions Managment. Many in the world believe that people starving to death in the Sudan is an issue worth getting worked up about, whereas hacking in to a Tivo box may be fun, it is not an issue that has any real bearing on mankind. Thus, a giant fork between those of us who are mainstream and earn a living from Open Source and those of us who are fringe and want to impose their views of society through Free software is inevitable.
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