FSF essay argues freedom over quality

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Getting into the middle of a discussion on the virtues of open source versus free software is about as smart as trying to reconcile the two major US political parties at this point in history--in other words, a fool's errand.

But I've been called worse, so here goes.

Benjamin Mako Hill is a well-known and -respected free software developer and activist, whose opinions I pay attention to, even if I don't always agree with them. In this month's Free Software Foundation Bulletin, Hill wrote an essay entitled "When Free Software Sucks," which he has republished for public consumption under the title "When Free Software Isn't Better."

Hill, a Director of the FSF, used the essay to frame the notion that collaboration within free (and open source) software projects really isn't as widespread as many peoples believe and collaboration isn't something that can be attributed as a real advantage of free software over proprietary software.

It's an interesting idea, and personally I think as a stand-alone concept, it has merits.

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