Posted May 31, 2004 20:28 UTC (Mon) by shane
In reply to: F/OSS is not a gift . . .
Parent article: Movable type and "almost free" software
A gift implies that the developer is doing something that is not required of them by propriety.
So you're saying that when I spend my personal time developing software I am required to release it as open source?!?! Do you have any idea how insane that sounds?
How about this as an idea instead: If I spend my time writing software, then I get to decide what happens to it.
I fought with my employer so that I could contribute to open source projects on my own time (as opposed to the typical "intellectual property" agreement which puts grants everything I do to them), and all of a sudden here you are dictating to me how I can license it!
If you, as a user, decide that you will only use open source software, that's your right. But that's all.
I'm a strong believer in open source in general, and Linux in particular, but your attitude upsets me greatly. Open source software is often a labour of love, and should be treated as the precious gift that it is.
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