Listened to another General Intellect Unit episode on Post Open Source. A bit of a downer this one, to be honest – it’s about FOSS being ‘dead’. Free software having died a while back, and open-source being recently departed. There are many valid points. It’s based on this article. Need more time to digest it and read the article.

@neil I think the death of FOSS is greatly exaggerated. Mostly by people who really wish it was dead, and that they could exploit users in peace. Many of the world's biggest software corporations are in that number. And they tend to look for unexpected ways to put their message out.

@lightweight I think this misrepresents who is saying FOSS is dead.

I say FOSS is dying, rapidly, because of its stubborn insistence that it exist within settler-colonialism, and its outright hostility to anything else.

I have no interest in having users, let alone exploiting them. I have an interest in not transitioning exploitation from one group of unelected colonists to another. From where I sit, capitalist or FOSS doesn't matter, both exist only to live inside capitalism.

Until open-source folk take a firm stance against that, like @bhaugen says, the field will continue to die, just like every part of colonialism.

Ironically, your construction of the issue, which erases the outside world in favor of "open-source v corporate exploiters," plays into the exact sorta habits that mean FOSS people mis-perceive their environment.

@emsenn @bhaugen @neil seems to me that we're all "tilting at windmills" because... well, if enough of us do it, we'll change the status quo.



This is such a hopeless and white-centering perspective on what I said that I don't think I have anything more to say.

@emsenn fair enough, although despite being quite interested in understanding it, I'm completely baffled by your assertion.

@lightweight I believe emsenn's objecting that e's not tilting at the same windmills as us. That it's insulting to call surviving as a lokotian, outside of western culture, that.


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