Over at Linux Magazine, Joe "Zonker" Brockmeier suggests a different course
for the free software movement. He says that users aren't responding well to being told "No" (or "Gno" as he puts it in a little dig at the FSF), so those who want to push freedom need to provide realistic alternatives to things like iPads, DRM-encrusted media, proprietary "cloud" services, and so on.
"The free software movement, though, seems to be shrinking. It still has its adherents, of course. But, when I look around at Linux events I see a sea of Mac OS X. Most contributors I know see no problem with proprietary services like Dropbox and Ubuntu One. With very few exceptions, most companies that work in the community have settled on some mixture of proprietary and open source services to try to find a working revenue model. In short, the free software philosophy seems to have gone out the window for most users and contributors. And I'll freely admit, I've advocated the pragmatic approach — because after more than 10 years of working in the community, it's clear that getting things done with a purist approach isnt working.
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