LCA: Addressing the failure of open source
Posted Jan 18, 2012 14:58 UTC (Wed) by angdraug
In reply to: LCA: Addressing the failure of open source
Parent article: LCA: Addressing the failure of open source
It's totally ok to sell open source apps for money as long as buyers are aware that the app is open source and can with a little more effort can be used for free.
The problem is that many users of mobile apps are not made aware of the freedoms they are given, they're not given a reason to care about these freedoms, and, as it always happens with freedoms we don't care about, they gradually loose all these freedoms.
Even bigger problem is that a freedom can't exist in isolation for one person and not for everyone. When these vast majority of mobile app users (former Internet users) give up their freedoms, these freedoms are also eroded for those who do care about them. I believe that's part of the point Bruce was trying to make: we can only keep the essential software freedoms if we make everyone, not just our small and increasingly marginalized community, care about them. Scratching your own itch is not going to be enough, we gotta learn to rub other people's backs, too.
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