One of my big wishes for in 2022 and beyond is to see more actual collaboration. There's way too much customer-vendor relationship between developers and users these days and I think it's one of the reasons for the many developer burnouts we've seen lately. I myself burnt out because of this quite a few times in the past few years because of the bombardment of demands from people that are not following by the same amount of commitment. More do-ocracy and less customer service please.

is a communal responsibility is what I'm trying to say.

@madskjeldgaard hell yeah!

imo the proplem mainly resides in the gap between the nerds having enough basic knowledge to start helping and those who are simply overwhelmed by even the thought of bits, bytes or variables

i blame public education: while they *should* educate computing they mostly educate in using corporate bullshit bloatware (M$ office et al)
people get dumber by the second and are rendered helpless if they cannot click their ways to their goals

hopefully this changes eventually

Another problem is that Free Software (i.e. software that grants the users the four essential freedoms) is more and more starting to copy the bad aspects of proprietary software, such as bloat, telemetry, centralized services (Firefox Pocket, ...) and is adapting to the needs of big corporations (by implementing DRM) that are harmful for the society.
Since most people have no knowledge about Free Software, their only perception of “free” is “gratis”, they don't see the philosophical implication.

@zeitgenosse Just tried to fork a #WordPress plugin. Sadly only the minified files are published under the GPL according to WordPress. It's a pity.

Are minified versions of some JavaScript which are not human readable source code or not?

Maybe I could try asking but the plugin developer seems to be one of those "you gotta get our premium version" guys.

If I understand correctly, the developer is violating his/her own licence: If the dev publishes a part of the software as GPL, the dev has to publish the modified version under the GPL as well.

That's also the reason why a lot of software is published under a MIT-style licence: That way they can benefit from the free software community, but at a later point they (or someone else) can stick the middle finger to the community and publish proprietary versions of their own software.

@linos Obfuscated Javascript code is technically still source code (I would even see assembly code as source code), but ethically I would definitely not consider it free software, even if published under a free license. It deliberately makes it harder (or unfeasible) to study the source code and create modified versions of the program, which undermines the idea of free software.

That's also a good example why “free software” is (philosophically) a stronger term than “open source software”.

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