Linux Today: Linux News On Internet Time.
Search Linux Today
Linux News Sections:  Developer -  High Performance -  Infrastructure -  IT Management -  Security -  Storage -
Linux Today Navigation
LT Home
Link to Us
Linux Jobs

Top White Papers

More on LinuxToday

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.

Complete Story

Related Stories: