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commit 1ddf6ee19c9e79a33b5f7dbf5362737841ffd19b
parent 6cd4890827433a8c454658cc3e7e7ef82d9bdc8a
Author: Jake Bauer <jbauer@paritybit.ca>
Date:   Mon, 22 Nov 2021 21:19:01 -0500

Fix issues in latest blog post

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Mpages/blog/free-software-is-an-abject-failure.md | 46+++++++++++++++++++++++-----------------------
1 file changed, 23 insertions(+), 23 deletions(-)

diff --git a/pages/blog/free-software-is-an-abject-failure.md b/pages/blog/free-software-is-an-abject-failure.md @@ -9,7 +9,7 @@ <div class="byline"> <b>Written By:</b> Jake Bauer | <b>Posted:</b> 2021-11-08 | - <b>Last Updated:</b> 2021-11-12 + <b>Last Updated:</b> 2021-11-22 </div> <p class="note">I want to preface this by saying that I used to be a staunch @@ -54,9 +54,10 @@ all contributions must flow. Whether we're talking about large projects too large to fork and maintain by anybody but large, well-funded groups such as the Linux kernel (in which Linus still has complete veto power by the way), Qt (in which the company controls the development of the software and simply allows -older versions to be used under a free license), or smaller projects which have -simple leaders. As long as there is a copyright statement, there are one or more -owners to be aware of. +older versions to be used under a free license), or Android (where Google +maintains pretty solid control), or smaller projects which have simple leaders. +As long as there is a copyright statement, there are one or more owners to be +aware of. Additionally, the [GNU Manifesto](https://archive.md/V14pR), aside from calling the Open Source movement an "amoral approach", goes on to say that GNU "is not @@ -199,12 +200,12 @@ The GPL-family of licenses attempt to solve a societal problem by restricting the distribution of software in a manner not unlike the so-called [Ethical Software](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organization_for_Ethical_Source) movement. The GPL acts effectively as a proprietary license that allows you to -the things it deems ethical, so long as you abide by the terms of the license -with regards to the distribution and re-licensing restrictions. As long as you -are in this "club", everything is fine and dandy and you can make your changes -and push them to your favourite projects. As soon as you leave this club and -want to pull code from a GPL-licensed project into your MIT-licensed project, -well, sorry, too bad for you. +do the things it deems ethical, so long as you abide by the terms of the license + with regards to the distribution and re-licensing restrictions. As long + as you are in this "club", everything is fine and dandy and you can make + your changes and push them to your favourite projects. As soon as you + leave this club and want to pull code from a GPL-licensed project into + your MIT-licensed project, well, sorry, too bad for you. While the GPL may not cause as much of an obstruction or be as unethical as proprietary software, it is frankly not that much better. It causes distress and @@ -233,16 +234,16 @@ this is simply not the case _at all_. Users are absolutely at the mercy of the maintainers of software projects to integrate their changes in the current landscape of software development, especially with software projects as complicated as a many of the popular GUI -toolkits, kernels, or desktop environments. In fact, Free Software project issue -boards and forums are, in reality, not much better than corporate support -forums. Often when one opens an issue in a large software project it can take -months or even years for those issues to be worked out. It's also not uncommon -for those issues to simply go unsolved for many years. A great example of this -is the ['Add an "icon view with thumbnails" mode' GNOME +toolkits, kernels, or desktop environments. In fact, the reality is that Free +Software project issue boards and forums are not much better than corporate +support forums. Often when one opens an issue in a large software project it can +take months or even years for those issues to be worked out. It's also not +uncommon for those issues to simply go unsolved for many years. A great example +of this is the ['Add an "icon view with thumbnails" mode' GNOME issue](https://web.archive.org/web/20210111165221/https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=141154&) -which was opened in 2004 (it's almost old enough to vote!) and is still -not actually fixed despite many users expressing how useful it would be to -have this feature. +which was opened in 2004 (it's almost old enough to vote!) and is still not +actually fixed despite many users expressing how useful it would be to have this +feature. Users simply cannot maintain such complex software on their own and, if they have limited programming ability, cannot be expected to fork a project, make @@ -299,10 +300,9 @@ the Free Software movement, not because of it. Free Software and the surrounding culture and institutions are often viewed as a farce outside of the dedicated Free Software ~~cult~~ community. The FSF has been slowly descending into irrelevancy for the past two decades as they -struggle to do anything meaningful with their time and resources; instead -favouring to make a lot of unproductive noise. Take, as recent examples, how -they [mailed a hard drive to Microsoft telling them to put the Windows 7 source -code on +struggle to do anything meaningful with their time and resources; instead opting +to make a lot of unproductive noise. Take, as recent examples, how they [mailed +a hard drive to Microsoft telling them to put the Windows 7 source code on it](https://web.archive.org/web/20210605120216/https://www.fsf.org/blogs/community/why-freeing-windows-7-opens-doors), or how they [accuse Apple of "censoring free software"](https://web.archive.org/web/20211011152025/https://www.fsf.org/campaigns/apple)