Free is too expensive (Economist)
Posted Apr 1, 2012 9:57 UTC (Sun) by khim
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1. App store receives the source code from the developer.
And this is where the story ends. It's easy to convince junk producers to give you their code. It's very hard to do the same with well-known (and thus desirable) programs. They perceive their code as one of the most precious things and emphatically don't want to send it anywhere. Do you know that Google does not have access to the Flash plugin sources, for example¹? Even if it has explicit agreement with Adobe and ships it with Chrome.
Stallman may dislike it as much as he wants but proprietary software will not go away any time soon. Either your accept and accommodate the fact or you are destined for the obscurity.
There are nothing wrong with serving niche needs (gNewSense is fine distro for some people), but if we are talking about mainstream then this approach will not fly.
¹) This is not 100% true. There are few Google employees who have read-only access. Of course the can not pull it to their regular workstation, they need to work with it under supervision in special designated place.
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