One of the things that drove me to open source initially was the asinine closed source model which prohibited you from seeing what was running on your computer, and the endless red tape of Microsofts licensing boodoggles which made it even more difficult to maintain the system, such as by using Live CDs and such for recovery, which is much more flexible on Linux as your not bound by so many restrictions on how the US can be used. People deserve the freedom of reading the sources of software they run, and being able to modify them. its the only way to control your computer rather than it control you
Many people bring up the issue of programmer pay. I do want programmers to be paid, the best would be a donations based model where it is open source, and the developers benefit from donations. In addition, the fact is, a lot of the money people spend on Microsofts crap doesnt even go to computer programmers. What is Bill Gates net worth again? Microsoft is still a near monopoly on desktop which allows Microsoft to exploit both programmers and consumers to benefit some elites who quite honesty are not worth more than the people who work at McDonalds, but instead milk the monopoly that was handed to them by IBM and then seek to exploit their workers to grab more of the profits for the elites who are not worth what they are paid.