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Libervis: The Proprietary Curse

Jun 22, 2005, 23:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Guy Dalziel)


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"Proprietary, the one word that will send a shiver down any Free Software users spine, like Pandora's Box holding a whole wealth of curses inside just waiting to be unleashed. Any business can be proprietary, all they have to do is disallow you the luxury of having the source code, giving users no choice but to buy it through the simple fact that they have no choice but to buy it. You can pirate it to high heaven and still have enough people buying it to make a successful business, while you think you're sticking two fingers up to the system what you're really doing is becoming dependent on their software.

"It's almost like a drug user will give you a free sample, once you become dependent on it their attitude soon changes, they're no longer youre friend, you want their stock? You buy it, it's as simple as that..."

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