Free Software and Open Source are two totally different things. At least how FSF politically
defines free software. But for now I will considered them as one and just call them "open source".
Once, Richard Stallman said that open source born in a extreme capitalism environment. While he is a really smart guy, he failed to realize that open source was actually the mutation of proprietary source code, in a more capitalist and aggressive development model.
Open Source does what capitalism does, is giving equal opportunities and competition with no limits, no rules, no agreements, no ethics, it gives "virtual" ownership, kinda like a chaos model. One thing about chaos, is that is fair for everyone.
It's the epitome of capitalism. Of "healthy" capitalism.
As open source grows, smart guys with great perception, took the chance that it was offered to them, and created these huge software companies we have today, that would never ever be possible without open source. And those are the companies that free-fans accuse, when in a sense, it was them and their ideas that created those.
Software engineering isn't a science, but applied science of physics and maths, and the last two are mostly open, coz ~all the research takes place in universities. Thus, Open source is not important either for our "freedom" or "knowledge". Whats important is the data. For example, Google or Wikipedia; it doesn't really matter if they run on proprietary or open infrastructures, but it does matter what they do with the data they daily collect.
While internet grows with better connections and with more people getting access to it, in the next few years "desktop" operating systems will act just as a terminal to WWW, and they will be totally insignificant. In fact (in most of the cases) they already are, at least from an economical point of view, and what companies care about is to sell the hardware, the devices.
Even so, operating systems will be here for ever, and will be open source (no alternative), and will be very competitive each other, even with small technical differences. Windows, OS X, iOS, Ubuntu, ChromeOS, FirefoxOS, Android, GNOME and so on, are competitive systems to each other and they "deserve" the same critics, bad or good.
Me, as someone that strongly believes in capitalism philosophy and open source model, I (and real market) don't care how many projects will shut down. If GNOME or Android or Linux or whatever else shut down, is really unimportant for open source. What only matters is how many new projects are coming. And lots are coming!
And this in short is my way of thinking. And every posting or saying from anyone always includes the matter of her opinion. Except if we do maths :)To end up:"GNOME Rocks!" "KDE Sucks!"
Those two sentences are actually one and the same
. Every time someone is positive to something, she's also negative to something else, its competitors ..and the other way around. It's competition, it's open source! Pretty much the same when someone "re-invents the wheel (eg. forking)". She just "feels" that the previous "wheel" wasn't good enough.
And if a project can't attract contributors (individuals or companies), isn't because suddenly programmers got disappeared or companies lose interest for investments, but because they "see" there are "better" things to contribute and invest on. Open Source will prevail!
Good morning, and have a nice Sunday ;) #OpenSource #Capitalism #Competition