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15: Tech link: Reflections on Proprietary Software

2019-05-15 15:11

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I saw this linked by @jalcine@playvicious.social, and it resonated with me in a way I have not until now been able to articulate.

Dave Lane, Reflections on Proprietary Software

Proprietary software, though not inherently unethical, 
creates undesirable incentives and conditions ripe 
for exploitation.

Despite my continual distaste for and avoidance of proprietary software and formats, this is exactly the sort of thing I am perpetually warning my friends and family about getting too complacent about allowing in their own lives.

Data-lock-in is unpleasant, and a tough quagmire from which to extricate oneself once having sunk precious time into such a system.





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