The Open Source Software Movement

What is “Open Source Software?” This is software which you can download and use for free. These are also programs for which the source code is freely available and redistributable. Check out this link for more detailed info. 

Free goodies. Software that anyone can download and use. A movement that makes it possible for even the poorest people to use software, provided that the hardware is there. From complete operating systems to office suits to single apps, all are available as open source software.

The beauty of the open source software movement, where people work together for free to develop products that can compete with commercial products, is that it gives power back to the people. It is the exact opposite of what Big Tech is trying to achieve, and a wonderful initiative.

Here are three specific examples of successful open source projects.

Linux Ubuntu

“Ubuntu is a complete Linux operating system, freely available with both community and professional support. …the Ubuntu Manifesto: that software should be available free of charge, that software tools should be usable by people in their local language and despite any disabilities, and that people should have the freedom to customize and alter their software in whatever way they see fit.” Read more.

LibreOffice

“LibreOffice is a powerful and free office suite, …. LibreOffice includes several applications that make it the most versatile Free and Open Source office suite on the market: Writer (word processing), Calc (spreadsheets), Impress (presentations), Draw (vector graphics and flowcharts), Base (databases), and Math (formula editing).” Read more.

VLC Media Player

“VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. We feel that VideoLAN has the best video software available at the best price: free. If you agree, please help spread the word about our software.” Read more. 

In a time where Big Tech apparently wants to rule the planet, it is heartwarming to see that there is a countermovement taking place. Everyone who joins this movement, either as a user or a developer, will strengthen this positive movement, and change the world for the better.

The great reset is a scary and insidious operation. What warms my heart and gives me hope is that there are also many, many counteractions being taken already for years, to stop the takeover of our world by big corporations. Open source is one of these initiatives.

Here are some words of a great freedom fighter about the open source movement:
“This community that we have, that we’re building, that does so much, has to grow. We can’t compete with Apple, we can’t compete with Google, directly, in the field of resources. What we can eventually do is head count and heart count. We can compete on the ground of ideology because ours is better.”
Edward Snowden, NSA whistleblower, speaking at LibrePlanet 2016. 

If you are not familiar with open source software, then please check it out. Start using some of these free programs, and consider switching completely to open source software, to limit the power of Big Tech and to make this world a better place. Thank you!