Came across to Why Open Source misses the point of Free Software, and the article struck some memory regarding my activities around the FREE, and OPEN-SOURCE for Bangladesh developers community- back in early to mid 2000s.
Open source is a development methodology; free software is a social movement. For the free software movement, free software is an ethical imperative, essential respect for the users’ freedom. By contrast, the philosophy of open source considers issues in terms of how to make software “better”—in a practical sense only.
Interestingly, “Open Source” still only a “Free to copy and use” thingy for most, if not entire Bangladesh developers community-
For the record, I’ve had promoted “FREE” over “OPEN-SOURCE” due to my realization of the end result (and for the status quota of the Open-Source back in those days)- users doesn’t care whether it’s open-source or not, they care whether it has respect for their FREEDOM.
On the other hand, “The Intent” is what matters most whether you’re making something with or without keeping the source open. Sadly, I’ve seen many who cleverly abuses both of these philosophy for their personal good- and meanwhile did more harm than doing something better for the end users.
For a long time I just ignored these people, and indirectly kept a distance from the community. I still do, and wont tolerate bad people for anything-
To me, always important is what the end-users gets- be that a “developer” or a “consumer”. And, I never compete another person to prove who’s superior- my only competitor is me.
That being said, since I’d focused and worked with global developers community for my ventures into making things- and eventually saw Open-Source projects gains its momentum more- I was able to understand much more about “Open Source” than I did back in my twenty something years- and attain experiences regarding the long-term effectiveness of both world.
Like I said in my WordPress Testimonial– WordPress taught me to appreciate Open-Source more, and the Community fixes my broken faith in People.
Meanwhile, my stumble into soul-searching for the last couple years had been amazingly great- with greater confidence and wistfulness than ever, I’ve been on my journey to the making things I love most- once again
Thanks for the read. :)