Does anyone know if there's conversations ongoing in the free software community around *why* software isn't free?
Like stallman is all "closed source is bad ethics m'kay", but makes it seem like a choice which is where a lot of people seem to be. Ignoring how market competition makes closed source not only appealing, but an actual advantage to competition.
Like yeah you can make your shit open source and it's still possible to make a profit. But you can make way more if you monopolize platforms/code.
@nergalur I don't think most people in the free software community are interested in making the maximum amount of money. If they were, they'd probably have chosen other jobs.
If I were to guess why some proprietary programs are better than their free counterparts, I'd say that's probably down to FOSS not really being a thing amongst designers and UX/UI creators. Wherever there is only a marginal user interface, FOSS is usually dominant.
@ctrlaltchaos Yeah, makes sense. Someone needed to solve a problem and made it free because it's not too big of a project so as to require a whole dedicated team.
The political situation I'm describing probably seems a bit far-fetched, but I think in the presence of a continuation of tech worker coalition organizing the tides on that could change in a real way.
We'll see in time though.
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