Free is too expensive (Economist)
Posted Apr 4, 2012 21:45 UTC (Wed) by Arker
In reply to: Free is too expensive (Economist)
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I want a Linux platform, where I can go to the Adobe website and just download flash "for Linux" and have it work
Me too. This will work the day Adobe releases it as a source tarball. Until and unless they choose to do this, it isnt going to happen. No one else can do that for them - they hold the copyright so they have to decide to do it. But strangely enough, the prescriptions here all seem to be counterproductive to that goal. Binary compatibility isnt going to encourage software release - quite the opposite, it only alleviates the discomfort due those who refuse to release!
So the whole thing sounds very counterproductive to me. Linux explicitly avoids a stable ABI and that is a very wise move. It makes things better for free software, and is only an inconvenience for those who try to take our freedom away. The more inconvenient for them, the better!
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