Open Source: Another Quiet Revolution!

Posted: 31 December, 2016 in Comment, Computer, Open Source

I have to smile at those around me who claim to be experts on computers and software who really have no real idea what is happening in the computer world or because of what they do turn a blind eye to it in the pursuit of money.

The simple fact they have missed the growth of Open Source during 2016 to a point it now even used and endorsed, be it indirectly, by the likes of Microsoft something that would not of been contemplated in 2015.

But the simple fact we are seeing the results of a quiet revolution which has shook to foundations of the computer industry and even basic concept of Western Capitalism itself.

A revolution which will eventually make the power of the big computer corporations over both the computer hardware and software market simply irrelevant.

Basically more and more of the progressive companies out there are discovering that the concept of Open Source, especially in computers, simply makes more sense economically as they now do not have to waste as much need monies on actually buying licences, support and training because the large Computer Corporations always overcharge in the belief they are the only suppliers of computers out there.

Add to this because the people creating the Open Source software are closer to actual users of the software they are far more responsive to the users needs than the bigger corporations who have in recent decades set themselves apart from the users. If anything they treat users with open contempt and as cash cows to be exploited.

As I said I have to smile at those around me who ridicule me just because of my views about Computers and Open Source software but I always will have the last laugh as I do what I preach. That is I use hand me down computer components and open source software every day and frankly I have far more time to be productive and creative with my computers because I can simply do things rather than constantly fight with software which simply does not do the job.

Add to this I can do all this with little real outlay of cash other than on hardware and I start to wonder who is the bigger fool here as I did not buy or need to buy overpriced software full stop.

This also highlights the advantage of having an open mind over a closed mind as those with open minds move forward and not cling to a past which has long had it’s time.

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Comments
  1. codeinfig says:

    “A revolution which will eventually make the power of the big computer corporations over both the computer hardware and software market simply irrelevant.”

    probably not. i was an open source advocate first, but i felt that history kept being re-written and too many compromises were being made on things i thought were givens in “open source.” after all, open source is “like free software, except more reasonable,” right?

    turns out most of the confusion was from the idea that free software and open source are “the same thing.” well the licenses are mostly the same. the software has a lot of overlap. then they begin to differ.

    free software wont replace the (non-free) hardware and (non-free) software market any year soon, because its too small a movement. and open source wont either, because its way too compromising a movement. its got more victories, because it counts smaller victories against really substantial ones. for example: microsoft adding some tools from ubuntu is as much of a threat to us, as a victory. i have mixed feelings about it.

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