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I’ve put open source between quotes because having a near monopoly company back it makes it feel like a product sold at a dumping price only to increase the company’s brand popularity, so they can cross sell other products. Given Microsoft’s size it can afford “selling” a product for free and open source for as long as it takes to monopolise that niche. I feel the same about google, facebook, and others. I dont feel the same about red hat (pre ibm) or canonical. It’s quite ok to monetise on open source, but not to use it to monopolise yet another niche.

What I want to support is open source projects built by genuinely independent communities or individuals. Also i support high quality paid ides such as those developed by jetbrains. As devs many of us want to be indies, but we dont want to pay for software - a bit of a catch 22.

The issue i have with large companies doing open source is that they use the movement as a marketing tool, and kill indie developers or small companies and truly independent communities, while their core products are still closed source and cross sold thanks to free bait.

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