Declare your independence from proprietary software (Or how to break the habit of proprietary software)
As we celebrate Independence Day here in the United States, it is a perfect time to ponder on the importance of words such as freedom and liberty. I find the passion and emotion most people feel about their computers (and the software they use) very interesting and confusing. We develop close relationships with our computers. He become accustomed to their idiosyncrasies as we would with any other person we might have in our lives. And once we get comfortable with them, we find it very difficult to let go of the habits we form with them.
So it is quite easy to get into the habit of using proprietary software and not realize how attached we become to that software. Some might feel we are fortunate and privileged when it comes to our computers. However, what some might feel is fortune and comfort, others might seem as control and abuse. Just as some back in 1770, might have seen the taxes enacted by the British as just and acceptable. For many I'm sure their lives were very comfortable and based on the easy way things were. However, thanks to leaders in the American revolution, they had the foresight to see where these habits and customs were leading and decided to revolt against the powers to be.
While proprietary software, Linux, and free software can not be seen equal to what took place in the United States over 200 hundred years ago, within the Information Technology industry some do believe that this trend is revolutionary. Whether you see this change as good or bad, one thing is clear this change has come and the software industry will not be the same once this change runs it's course.
Here at TUX, we know that we are leading this change. We have seen where the information technology industry is headed and we choose a new alternative. We see independence from proprietary software as good for society. We realize this change may cause hardship, and will most definitely cause some to lose their comfortable use of proprietary software, but we believe that it is a price worth paying. We believe that we must break our habits on proprietary software and establish our independence from software vendors that abuse our trust, produce inferior products, and use monopoly positions to control how we use our computers.
Of course you recognize that I have taken an artistic license to compare Linux to the American Revolution, but there are sufficient similarities to warrant the comparison. So I choose to ride this artistic wave of emotion I have built in this article and as Patrick Henry said after the Boston Tea Party on March 23, 1775 "I know not what course others may take (proprietary software); but as for me, give me liberty (free software), or give me death!"