This is my first blog post and I want to ask you something. Why does open source make sense? I am sure it does, because so many people cannot be wrong. Still, I cannot find a reason, so I am assuming I’m missing something here.
As far as I understand (and please correct me if I’m wrong), the open source position starts from the premise that software should be widely accesible to everybody without having to pay for it to corporations. That’s an altruistic and beautiful idea. However, I don’t think it is very realistic. After all, these corporations make large investments that they need to recover. If we don’t pay them for their software, who will?
Also, and as fas as I know, there are no generalised movements towards free books or free music in legal frameworks. Everybody (more or less) understands that books must be paid for because authors and publishers need to earn revenue from them. Why then should access to software be governed by a different set of rules?
I would be enormously grateful to anybody who could give me a reasonable answer.