2018/11/27: This model has won, FOSS is everywhere, companies not only use it, but even heavily rely on it, millions of devices run with it.
But at which cost? Open source developers are burning out. Some core libraries, on which basically everything relies, are maintained by very small teams of people working on their free time. We still have the right to study the software, but the most interesting parts are now in the user’s data, which is jealously guarded by a few huge companies.
This is not a tragedy, this is a fucking farce.
Let’s own up to the absurdity of talking about a personal freedom that depends mainly on hidden people working for free. Let’s add more ridicule to it. Let’s start using a new expression to describe it:
FOSS IS FREE AS IN TOILET
Nobody believes that a free toilet will be magically cleaned up and maintained, somebody has to do it, and that person would better get paid for it. Sharing a toilet means that you flush, clean up after yourself, and always leave some paper, it’s basic manners. And yet, like toilets, as FOSS gets used by more and more people, it gets more likely that you will see obnoxious people that shit all over your commons and then complain about it. And nobody will want to take care of it.
Treating correctly the people who work on the software you use is just basic FOSS hygiene.
2018/04/05: When all you gotta do is a few cuts here and there and trimming out the shaky parts of that birthday video, a full-fledged video editor might be an overkill. This is where LosslessCut comes to save your day
It appears as if much of the open source infrastructure we depend on is suffering from neglect. That's the message brought to the SouthEast LinuxFest (SELF) by David Nalley. Listening to his talk, "The Tragedy [...] Continue reading Is the FOSS Infrastructure Crumbling?
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The Language Atlas of UNESCO shows that 197 Indian languages are endangered. I believe if the FOSS community works together, we can save them.
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