@nolan started a thread about free software yesterday, and I wanted to share a metaphor.
Pre-microcomputer days were like living in an apartment with a landlord.
Microcomputers were like getting a starter home after a luxury apartment.
Micros grew into less micro, but also started to resemble condos. You owned everything between the paint, but the structure wasn't yours.
A lot of people grew up in starter homes and didn't like the condo. Free/open OSes become common.
To stretch the metaphor to its breaking point, FLOSS enthusiasts had finally gotten their homes just the way they liked it...
and a bunch of soulless corporations took it and turned them into factory dormitories, full of identical robots that just talk to prosthetics.
@email@example.com mentioned recently that some kids were talking about *files* as though they were an old person thing. This is a cultural disconnect going way, way past the free/proprietary software divide, where at least you have some simulation of property. The notion of ownership at all is fading away, at least in the digital realm. The young understand that they pay for *access* to media and software, not *ownership*, and most of them (anecdotally) seem totally comfortable with that.^D
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