Open Source Software, Inc.

Remember when the promise of open source software was that it was an alternative to the coercive corporate software that always tried to game the user to fit into its plan?

Me too. But it seems those days have ended. The above is Mozilla adopting a page from Microsoft and Apple and trying to confuse and trick the user into upgrading to the “new” 8.0-series browser, when the user seems to prefer the 3.5-series browser.

Why so manipulative? Open source is realizing that what makes corporates corporate is not that they are evil, but that market demands plus an intransigent user base create certain needs. You either become Machiavelli, or he smiles unkindly down upon you in your last moments.

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