I think martinfick offered great metaphor...
Posted Jan 19, 2012 10:29 UTC (Thu) by khim
In reply to: generic vs closed platforms
Parent article: LCA: Addressing the failure of open source
It's not quite clear to me if and how that argument can be migrated to situation of private software use, but it might be a pointer towards a possible direction.
I think martinfick offered great metaphor: when you use proprietary software you are living in a rented apartment, when you use FOSS you live in your own house. This covers pluses and minuses very well, indeed. Proprietary software is supported by it's owner till it thinks it's good business - just like most problems with your rented apartment are solved by landlord, not by you... if it makes business sense. Free software is yours - and if there are probems with plumbing you may deicde to contract someone (this will be distributors) to fix that, or if you don't know anyone who'll do it "just right" you can do it yourself.
People know difference between rent and ownership very well, indeed. IMNSHO it's much, MUCH, MUCH better anologue then slavery accusations by free software proponents.
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