@xiroux the principle that there should be balance in a relationship between a software developer and a software user. I see proprietary software as implicitly and structurally flawed, leading to inevitable exploitation of users and general inequity (see more: davelane.nz/proprietary). I also revile the co-option of weak open source by mega-corporations, who are, I believe, inherently (one incentive: maximising shareholder value) in a race to the ethical bottom. (davelane.nz/megacorps)...

@xiroux I'm also a big fan of open standards for software, formats, apis, etc. with the aim of encouraging "permissionless innovation" where literally anyone can choose to provide the world with useful software innovations without needing anyone's permission. I acknowledge that result in innovation with unethical intentions, but I don't think a license can remedy that.. that's where communities come in. I want to see the power of tech/software corporations reined in substantially.

@lightweight Thank you for sharing those links, I just added them to my to-read list :) Could you elaborate a bit more on what "revile the co-option of weak open source by mega-corporations" means?
About open standards: completely agree, I think it is even more important (at least equally important) than free software.


@xiroux corporations *love* weak open source licenses - it creates a pool of free R&D for their proprietary products because those licenses allow the proprietorisation of previously Free Software (unlike Copyleft licenses, which corporations refer to as "viral licenses" because their terms are passed down to derived works. I prefer the term "inherited" licenses :) )

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