Listened to another General Intellect Unit episode on Post Open Source. A bit of a downer this one, to be honest – it’s about FOSS being ‘dead’. Free software having died a while back, and open-source being recently departed. There are many valid points. It’s based on this article. Need more time to digest it and read the article.
@neil I think the death of FOSS is greatly exaggerated. Mostly by people who really wish it was dead, and that they could exploit users in peace. Many of the world's biggest software corporations are in that number. And they tend to look for unexpected ways to put their message out.
@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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