13 Apr 2004 iddekingej   » (Observer)

Some comments about opensource software

When many people talke about opensource/free software, they talk about the license and the development proces. And when it is about free software also about fsf ethics.

I think there are far more inportant things thant the one just mentiont.

Many opensource software is developed by anything between a single software developer or a large group of programmers. That more and more companies starting to write opensource software should be inportant in wider acceptance of opensource software, but that is one thing what i'am not finding inportant. One of the things where i'am really interesting in is software not developen by a comercial company interesting in $$$, but a group of people doing something because they just like it. It will call that 'social software groups'. It doesn't matter if its opensource of freesoftware, they both have much in common. It is just a good antidote against the arrogance of big companies. It is a kind of social (r)evolution.

Big companies are dominating society to much, wich is sad because they are too much care about self interest and not because of ethical reasons. Those 'social software groups' can give some power back to the common people. Yeah but that is the fsf about, freedom of software? No! I find the fsf filosofie rather limited. It is not about freedom but about civilised behaviour.


Americans find there freedom (of speech) verry inportant. But what hapend is that civilisation is sometimes is sacrificed for freedom, and freedom is more motivated because of egoistic reasons and not ethics. Sometime ago I saw a report on television about concerns of sale of big cars to americans. Some people were only interesting in their 'freedom' to owne and use of such car, and couldn't bother the devistating effect of those things on the enviroment. I can't call that ethics, but more egocentric behaviour. It is about civilisation. It is not sacrificing freedom , but that people take their obligation to others and society. Respect the interests of the (software)users I would say! And that is much more than freedom.

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