[Lazarus] Proprietary vs Open Source mentality

Graeme Geldenhuys graeme at geldenhuys.co.uk
Mon Sep 3 00:35:38 CEST 2012

I just want to start off by saying I'm glad I use Linux, and I'm glad I 
got introduced to Open Source software years ago.

Anyway, as the subject says, I forgot how close minded some people can 
be. I also know that Linux/*BSD users are more "open source" with there 
work (if you can phrase it like that) than Windows or Mac users. Windows 
and Mac users often still believe in the "shareware" approach. eg:  We 
will sometimes give things away free of charge, but I will not open 
source it. So if I get hit by a bus tomorrow, tough sh*t to all of you, 
my work will be lost forever. What weird mentality.

Here is a case in point. Uwe Schuster developed an Delphi IDE add-on, 
which he doesn't change for - gives away freely in a binary only 
package. Others would like to help contribute towards this efforts, and 
help fix some existing issues with his add-on, but was flat out told 
that it would NOT be open sourced - G*d only knows why! Such mentality 
just baffles the mind.

[Sorry Uwe, I wasn't picking on you or judging your work, I just used 
you as one of many similar examples]


Anyway, I'm glad to be in the open source camp. :-)


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