@lightweight I think this misrepresents who is saying FOSS is dead.
I say FOSS is dying, rapidly, because of its stubborn insistence that it exist within settler-colonialism, and its outright hostility to anything else.
I have no interest in having users, let alone exploiting them. I have an interest in not transitioning exploitation from one group of unelected colonists to another. From where I sit, capitalist or FOSS doesn't matter, both exist only to live inside capitalism.
Until open-source folk take a firm stance against that, like @bhaugen says, the field will continue to die, just like every part of colonialism.
Ironically, your construction of the issue, which erases the outside world in favor of "open-source v corporate exploiters," plays into the exact sorta habits that mean FOSS people mis-perceive their environment.
Seen (or created) any anti-colonialist software?
I asked in another thread, but am pretty sure than colonialism and capitalism started up together,
But I can imagine anti-capitalism that is still white chauvinist...now that colonialism and white chauvinism have been embedded, they won't necessarily stop at the end of capitalism.
@emsenn @bhaugen @neil Colonialism and capitalism have shaped the current playing field. Free Software (my allegiance) is a movement built on stubborn adherence to principles. I lack respect for the OS movement due to its explicit alignment with capitalist incentives, which in turn benefit those descended from the beneficiaries of colonialism rather than everyone else.
@emsenn @bhaugen @neil also, the author of the Post Open Source essay who claims they want to not think about their OS and have their computer "just work" & therefore they use Windows... does a whole lot to undermine their cred. I'd suggest the righteous disowning &/or deflecting responsibility for real things they depend on is a part of the capitalist "I'll pay to retain my ignorance of things I completely depend on because I can afford it." Even if part of the price is my freedom.
@emsenn @bhaugen @neil I disagree substantially with the two guys running the podcast (never heard of them previously) regarding the advantages of the Free Software, and what users want/need. I think they're a bit glib, and they give the impression that they're quite ok with proprietary software (my reckons on the topic: https://davelane.nz/proprietary)...
This is such a hopeless and white-centering perspective on what I said that I don't think I have anything more to say.
@emsenn fair enough, although despite being quite interested in understanding it, I'm completely baffled by your assertion.
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