I like open source, but it’s not a religion for me. Proprietary software can be very useful.
@giffengrabber this is sort of my approach too. I see it as one way of sharing and building software among many. Sometimes it works great other times not so much.
@reedyn Indeed. And IMHO, for high-quality desktop applications, proprietary often beats open source. I gladly pay for those applications. It’s a lot of hard work to make one.
@giffengrabber indeed. I think this has more to do with most open source software having a focus on the solution and not the experience. Mastodon is a great exception :)
@reedyn yeah, Mastodon is an achievement for sure. I also believe federation and open source fits very well for this kind of system. Social media owned by corporations can be quite problematic to say the least.
@giffengrabber This is very true, but you need to think further regarding proprietary projects if you value your privacy which you should.
I use open sourced projects because I really love how open you have to be with your projects. You can't hide anything and if you do, your project can soon be disliked/hated by others. Love it!
@edgren Not all proprietary applications harvest PII. But sure, some do.
And yeah, the radical transparency of FOSS can often lead to great quality. Especially for libs, CLI applications, systems software, servers, and stuff like that.
I use open source a lot too.
@giffengrabber Also true. Some closed source softwares do not track you. But far too many does, unfortunately. And if you ask an American what they use, you'll mostly get "Google, Facebook, and Microsoft" or "Apple and Facebook" as an answer. I find that disgusting 😬 😱
Good that you use a lot of open source softwares 🙂 Personally, I use basically only FOSS. Linux, Firefox, VSCodium, Bromite, QKSMS, etc.
We have all sorts of big named bugs as an example of this. Heartbleed for example https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heartbleed
On the openess side I wholeheartedly agree. The web itself is a perfect example where much of the code is open source by nature.
@giffengrabber I like open source software because it's simply superior to proprietary software.
Open source software is created by people with love and passion. Proprietary software is created by people who's doing it for the money. There's no love or passion involved there.
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