Anyone who says you have "no excuse" NOT to use #FreeSoftware is missing the point of how #Capitalism works. Companies like #Google exploit #FLOSS and the #Commons the same way Landlords exploited and stolen land from the commons. #BigTech lies, cheats, steals, and exploits to amass the resources to make awesome digital products. The FLOSS world simply can't compete with that. Support #SmallTech yes! But don't shame people who use Big Tech products.
Ironically it's been Open Source fanatics who sabotage their own software.
Allow me to share a story. Back in the 90/early 00s, I had to depend on using Windows for my job, and partitioning my drive was wondering I couldn't do. OpenOffice sucked and switching to Linux would leave me in a strange land, stranded from all the good software I could depend on - 1/4
Around that time, there was no open source Windows alternative for a certain software that was used a lot at the time in certain circles. To use the Linux alternative would mean switching back and forth between Windows and Linux, and that was a no-no. The best approach was to make it cross platform so that everyone could switch the software first, and the OS later - 2/4
I explained my reasons to the devs, even as I offered my contributions to make their software cross-platform. I was ridiculed, ignored and even attacked.
Two decades later, that particular piece of software became a museum piece when the time to offer a Windows alternative never came.
It could have been a game changer, and yet, that went nowhere and the potential users for that software moved somewhere else - 3/4
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