Heavy techbro startup vibes
You know what, that hits me pretty hard.
I mean, I remember the time when GPL was v2 and we all talked about "no vendor lock in" and "give the source to the user" and "anyone can learn from it" and all that fuss...
But now... "Open source" appears to be more like another thing to be bought and carried with its users and what not by those who have the money to take that as theirs.
And that's incredible sad.
The thing I've learned is that OSS isn't just the license; it's also the developer community.
Chrome (e.g.) isn't *really* OSS despite the license because the entire dev team consists of Google employees who can't (easily) vote with their feet and the project is too big and safety-critical to easily fork.
(TBF, the OSS license *helps*; node.js was extracted from Chrome.)
Yep, open-source that doesn't accept outside contributions or only does so under a CLA, is often comparable to source-available, because they can re-license at any point.
There is one caveat to that "community-developed == good" theorem, though, which is precisely Audacity.
I thought that was one of those projects that's safely in the hands of a community.
@friend @suetanvil @rysiek @juliobiason I think this is once more a demonstration why complexity cannot be underestimated as risk. Even a once healthy community can be poisoned by even a single individual, and if the project is too complex and large to effectively forked... there you go. Small, simple tools which interact well, I've heard entire OSes have been designed from that philosophy.</riding hobby-horse>
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