Blissful ignorance or making conscious, informed choices? Open source is a lot of both.
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Created by: Mathias Bolt Lesniak
Creative advisor: Jeffrey A. “jam” McGuire
Today, the Open Source Utopia Podcast, episiode 3 …… is about freedom and what that means to the user. Going open source changes something …… for the software developer, but also for the users. An uninformed user of open source software …… is living a life of blissful ignorance. Instead of paying money for a software license, you download a product at absolutely no cost.You can ask yourself:
“Is this the self-centered side …… of us humans shining through?”“Why pay, when I can have it for free?” Well.The answer to that is:
No. It is not wrong to be a free rider. Open source software is there to be used. You're given the freedom …… to use open source software however you want. Nothing is expected of you in return. Especially if you don't know much …… about what open source software really is. Being ignorant and uninformed is no sin. We're going to talk about giving back …… to the software in a later episode,but, for now:
Freedom means leaving the decision up to the users. A conscious, informed choice. Freedom of choice turns the user …… from a passive consumer …… and into an active participant. It is also what makes open source into …… a social experiment. That social factor …… is what we'll talk about in the next episode: