Fascinating. A good read for all those FOSSy Microsoft lovers. https://drewdevault.com/2020/08/27/Microsoft-plays-their-hand.html
@lightweight Mentioning Microsoft there is such a clickbait and undeserved hate. The author is frustrated with the decline of his favored email-based workflow, which is understandable, but has nothing to do with corpo politics (for better or worse)
@vazub not hate, just disrespect. Do you think that disrespect is not warranted? I see you're no fan of Github...
@lightweight I am, indeed, no fan of either GitHub or Microsoft, but I do get a bit disappointed with articles like these, that are exploiting FUD arguments to promote their own agenda. We can analyze the article point by point, if you like, to see exactly what is wrong with it.
@vazub I must say, I'm intrigued to know what, exactly, you consider to be wrong about it. I think Drew is frustrated. I think a lot of us are. I think that frustration is warranted, and it's resulted in a lot of work by a lot of principled people to do things in a better way.
@vazub I've agree with your first 3 points. Not agreeing with this assessment, though. Corporation co-option of F(L)OSS communities, particularly those who have developed a dependence on corporate resources, is a defeat for those communities, not a victory. F(L)OSS is better, yes, but the power is still wielded by the corporations rather than the more worthy communities because of people like Sarah who think that corporations can be 'fixed'. They can't be.
@vazub Where F(L)OSS has lost a lot, I think, is in the fact that Microsoft (and Github before it) have successfully driven a wedge between FL^OSS, to the point where OSS is no longer seen (as it was when I first became passionate about FOSS) as including Free/Libre Software. That, to me, is a tragedy, as is the movement towards "more permissive" licenses encouraged by proprietary interests and, sadly, taken up by the new gen of devs, which has undermined most of our past triumphs.
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