Reading Lanier’s book (“10 Arguments...”) had the less-obvious effect of making me think hard about the free-as-in-beer aspect of (most) #FOSS.
The claim he makes that this was a mistake, or more specifically that the way they “solved for free” (advertising) paved the way for exploitation of users, warrants considerable thought.
Until we smash capitalism, people who make free-as-in-speech things need money to survive,;using ads for this was a mistake.
What to do next...🤔
@jjg While far from perfect crowd-funding/patreon etc.. has been a moderately successful alternative to that issue of funding people that create things.
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