I'm legit sad that the community that I strongly identify (Free and Open Source Software) is becoming fragmented because of political choices.
I mean, there were harbingers of this when people added clauses in their licenses about not using their software for weapons research and what-not. I get that folks want a say in how people use their software and their services.
I know communities grow by adversity, but I also know that they fragment over disagreements and arguments.
@craigmaloney yeah but "free and open source" software is by definition fragmented politically from the start
because free software is inherently political about making software serve humans, while open source is a political movement to make collaborative development more effective for corporations.
@technomancy Yes, I've been here long enough to have heard this on repeat.
@craigmaloney it's no loss. we don't need nazis for anything.
For example, offering eg a web browser thart *allows* you to go to certain websites should be uncontroversial. And then some are saying the license should prohibit you from being able to change that (and be able to see whatever you want). That's not good.
While Nazis are awful (and most of my family was killed by literal Nazis)
If we lose that Freedom 0, we're all going to lose, because what stops someone from saying "This software can't be used by gay folks, or trans folks, or black folks, or Jews?"
It's the marginalized who lose out such things happen, and so we must force the level playing field to remain level on a legal level
Then, after that, we can build tools to make things better, just as I'm doing right now to make the Fediverse better.
@craigmaloney I think this is just what it looks like from deep inside any community. FOSS is overrepresented in the fediverse and so the divisions seem stronger. Theological licensing fights have been around forever and if you think this is tricky boy howdy wait until the (currently pretty chill) open hardware license wars get rolling.
@craigmaloney I mean, the amount of bullshit we had to put up with when thingiverse enforced its no weapons ban (which had been there since day one) was ridiculous.
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