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What if Linux went closed source? Would you still use it?

Dec 07, 2012, 23:00 (12 Talkback[s])

Firefox, Chromium, LibreOffice... all of them have source readily available. Yet I have never downloaded the code for any of them. And modifying source code is what I have spent a large part of my life doing. Sure, I've contributed to a few Open Source projects over the years. But I can count the total number on one hand.

Why is that? Why do I use so much Open Source software – including Linux, my desktop platform of choice – and yet so rarely ever touch the actual source code of the software I use? Would I even notice if the source code were not available? Probably not.

If LibreOffice went closed source tomorrow... would I stop using it? I doubt it. I like LibreOffice.

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