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[–] jiveinthehive 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Free and Open-Source Software movement for those who may not know. I am all for a more free and open internet. Think of all the immense improvements that can be made on code when a large number of eyes are on it. Will it possibly lead to a trend of similar and uninspired work? Possibly. However, it will produce more high quality software and open up opportunities for programmers that may not have had the chance to work on software they actually enjoy.

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[–] Figaro 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

It's the ultimate fate of software development: everything will be FLOSS, in time.

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[–] Dark_Shroud 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I use a fair amount of FOSS. But I also use Windows & MS Office.

My only problem with FOSS are some of the fan-boys. I don't care to listen to a lecture on why I should be using Linux over Windows. Not to mention the different forums are not so nice to new people looking for help.

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[–] TheGlowingRogue 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

As I understand it, isn't the fact that Reddit is open source the only reason Voat can continue to exist? It seems to me as though it means that when enough people are dissatisfied with how something is being run, they can make their own place and run it better. Sounds like a positive thing to me, though I find it hard to imagine that commercial software will ever be overtaken by open source, simply because they tend to have easier to use tech support for the average user.

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[–] vicarious 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

It's essential, without it there would be no internet (or not in this form). I've switched to all FOSS eight years ago and have been much more productive and less frustrated with my computer experience.

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[–] casebash 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I'm glad that it exists, but I don't see Linux challenging Windows any time soon. With Windows 8, there was a key opportunity that was missed. Microsoft produced a product completely unsuitable for the desktop and yet Linux still wasn't able to significantly grow its market share.