Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Does Open Source Equate to Morality?

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A friend of mine sent me a link to this photo he did today.

I remember a conversation a couple of months ago where someone was talking about the virtues of a particular company... I think it went something along the lines of:
Sure, they don't do Open Source software and they're another proprietary vendor with data lock in BUT they are a New Zealand company and so we should support them.
I lost it... Really? That's an argument? They're a New Zealand company conducting what I would consider to be immoral behaviour BUT we can turn a blind eye just because they are a New Zealand company. Actually this is one of those weird companies that just buggers belief. They've never turned over a profit yet their share prices are astronomical.

The bit that had a friend throwing this together was an argument about a conference. If the conference is all about the best way of extracting money from people, then does it really matter if it's they use open source tools to do so?

To put that another way, if you've been shot... do you really care that the gun and bullet are open source? There are much bigger considerations/morality etc. that goes before whether something is open source or not.

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