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
@revkellyn The use case for that particular software simply became obsolete and nobody uses it anymore. For the devs, it's still useful - somehow - but I honestly doubt anyone else uses it. It became the devs' toy.
So here's my message to Linux elitists who thought they were liberating people from proprietary software by not supporting Windows platforms:
Thanks for nothing. - 4/4
@rick_777 Yeah, I've seen similar things in my own work as well. The only successful #FLOSS apps are cross platform. The only problem with that is however, is that it takes too many resources to build a Windows, Mac, and Linux build for the same app.
Of course the "God" of computing themselves "Google" swoops in to save FLOSS by introducing web apps! Now write once and run everywhere! Wait, wasn't the point of FLOSS that multiple teams could work on different app versions? 🤮
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