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Re: [OFFTOPIC] Free Software

From: Arthur Miller
Subject: Re: [OFFTOPIC] Free Software
Date: Sat, 02 May 2020 23:46:16 +0200
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Stefan Monnier <address@hidden> writes:

>>>> I don't know, but it
>>>> seems like both Vi(m) & Emacs have got a revival lately.
>>> That's true for FOSS editors in general, though. We didn't have so many good
>>> options before.
>> Indeed, seems as a general trend, we have never had so much FOSS
>> software in general, not just editos, but everything, from AI research
>> to Game Engines, 3D Editors, compilers, libraries, you name it. Seems
>> like world has realized power of open source, which is great.
> Sadly, I believe this only applies to a particular subset of the uses
> of computers.  Maybe we could describe it as the subset that applies to
> desktop computers.  In the tablet/phone world, Free Software is
> not nearly as prevalent (instead, in that sphere, the most prevalent is
> freeware which is a name that mostly disappeared, replaced by the name
> "free software").
>         Stefan

True. I did have desktop software in mind when I wrote that.

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