One of these four exchanges occurs regularly in everyday life…
Tourist: “I think I'm lost, please could you tell me how to get to the National Portrait Gallery?”
Policeman: “Read the f------ map!”
Diner: “Excuse me, what are today's specials?”
Waitress: “Read the f------ menu!”
Interviewer: “And, minister, what is your policy on unemployment?”
Politician: “Read the f------ manifesto!”
Researcher: “How do convert my model into a PDF as it doesn’t seem to work?”
Developer: “Read the f------…
By Devasena Inupakutika, Software Consultant at the Software Sustainability Institute.
The problem with open source software is not that it is free but that some people think this means they have got something for nothing. As an article by MongoDB vice president Matt Asay pointed out, developers really are spoilt these days.
Yet there is no such thing as free software. When we call software "free", it means that it respects the user's essential freedoms: the freedom to run it, to study and change it, and to redistribute copies with or without changes. The source code can…