Pinky went, "er... I dunno... what? world dumb..i..ca..tion?"
Brain went, "World Dominiation you idiot!. World Domination!!"
Free markets moderated by Democracy. B 4th July 1776. D Oct 2008. RIP.
Everyone does not have to use Open Source software with fanatical following. Depending on the circumstances each user would/should do whatever is best for them. But even for people who never use Open Source, it would serve as an insurance policy against their own vendors locking them in too tightly or jacking up the prices too much. Having a viable competitor is the best way to keep the prices down. So even if you use only commercial software, throwing a few cents towards Open Source projects is actually a good idea.
I won't fault individual users. But big corporations that spend so much of money on procuring commercial software, they can allocate a small percentage or a fraction of a percentage to support Open Source competitor to their vendors. Just to keep them in check. And hobbyists, anyone who knows enough to jump through the hoops to get Win 3.1 binaries to work through emulators in Android platform, could at least look at an Open Source alternative.
Most likely people have simply given up taking the source code and building it themselves. If a prebuilt binary is not available they will simply give up.
wait, it is not about the computer memory, is it? Darn it.
Then what's the democratic, free market way to most efficiently discover who has talent and who has the potential to develop talent? Or to discover talent that appeals to a niche even if it doesn't appeal to the mass market?
Now that the cost of reproduction and distribution has fallen next to nothing, niche markets can be very effectively served by talent scounts/editorial services/play list makers etc. People who spend their time unearthing talent should be paid/rewarded. If there is a reward, if there is a way to monetize it, free market will find a way. It always does.
As long as gatekeepers hold overly broad patents, there will be no free market in gatekeeping. The market is trying to choose Google and Amazon, but Apple is trying to use the legal system to make sure it is the only gatekeeper.
Proximity distorts perspective. We are too close to these events and they loom large in our field of vision. Over the long run things will change. Who would have thunk back in 2000, WinTel monopoly would be broken and Internet Explorer would be reduced to a third level bit player? Look back to 1900. There was this AMMA, American Motor Manufacturer's Association that claimed to have patented the automobile. It held a stranglehold on American manufacturing. There were about 4000 or so car makers all straining under the yoke of this completely unreasonable claim of patent rights to a car. Doesn't the situation look similar to present day where millions of content makers are struggling under the yoke of unreasonable patents by $your_favorite_monster_company ? Let us chill out,. Things will work out fine.
Adding features does not necessarily increase functionality -- it just makes the manuals thicker.