Entering the twenties, and with so many changes in the panorama, is to wonder: Towards what future is Free Software and Open Source going?
The question is very pertinent, since much of what happened this past year, commented or not on our blog, makes it clear to us that such events or changes in the panorama of Free Software and Open Source have made their future look like something uncertain or less than ideal for many, compared to previous years. Consequently, while some see these cambios and natural and logicalothers consider them to be contradictory to the very nature of the Free Software and Open Source.
Therefore, we can affirm that our environment or world related to the Free Software and Open Source, has suffered, especially this last year, a undeniable and important expansion, from the traditional niche of Communities and social organizations towards large business organizations and private corporations, many of a transnational and global order, such as IBM y Microsoft, just to mention 2.
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My point of view
In my very personal case, I don't dare lack of serious or official statistics or surveysThat is, if the majority of the members or users of the Free Software and Open SourceAre for or against these changes emerged at the heart of our movement.
Certainly, on websites like ours or others, or forums, groups or channels of the Internet and Social Networks, one sees and feels the tirade and controversy formed, by both sides, some in favor and others against. But, my point of view is one of caution and reserve with a tendency towards distrust, towards so much integration and exploitation of the Free Software and Open Source by Governments few transparent and monopolizing and controlling transnational giants.
Since, although it is true that I see it as a good thing that the Free Software and Open Source, and therefore GNU / Linux, expand and be supported and used like a quality alternative, by the Organizations and companies of the public and private sector, of all the countries of the world.
It is also true that, I am very suspicious, for example, of the possible or actual insertion of legal or software additions, which limit or restrict in some way, the use of the applications developed under our scope, by certain Governments or Technological Giants. Or the insertion of telemetry codes, advertising, tracking, or back doors, hidden or not, by the aforementioned.
And hence, the question that many ask themselves:
- Can we or should we continue to consider this new generation of applications developed by Governments and Corporations as Free Software or Open Source, if in some way they introduce certain limitations of use or undesirable codes for the majority?
- Is it really a worthy and sustainable concern on the part of some of us or pure technological paranoia, how this phase of the development of Free Software or Open Source evolves?
- Will Free Software gradually become mostly Open Source and / or only free, because it is more beneficial for the activities and businesses of Governments and private Corporations?
Interesting articles related to the panorama
Below some Articles from the same Blog, for and against, the panorama and / or the subject of the article, so that each one sets his own vision on what is discussed:
In favor of the panorama
Against the panorama
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