Free software. Please note, free as in “free speech, free country” and not “free beer” blah blah.. been hearing this ever since this whole concept was introduced in India. Every time I attend a seminar on FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) or anything related to it (mind you, I’ve attended a LOT of seminars and workshops on this), I hope, I pray – that this whole thing starts making some sense.. because everytime, the people on stage seem to be pretty excited about it all – apparently this whole fwee softie thing is a bigg revolution, promising to deliver better software n’ kick out all commercial monopoly.
But somehow I’ve never supported all this, no matter how logical their reasoning turns out to be. To be honest, I’ve never even UNDERSTOOD it, let alone taking sides. Every time I try to put forward an argument (which I feel is enough to knock the guys on stage off their feet), they knock me out instead with counter-arguments.. leaving me embarrassed – be it in an online forum, or in a seminar in front of ma batchmates.
Well I don’t intend to commit the same mistake again – of presenting another downside of FOSS – I’ll just accept the fact that I’m probably still not mature enought to understand the “social service” that FOSS is providing. Till then, I’ll just view FOSS as another thing that’s gonna leave me jobless in the future.