Michael W. Dean on Open-Source Licenses and Operating System Choice for programmers



-Jim Jesus (and he was joking)

This is a 21-minute audio essay culled out of a two-hour live Freedom Feens radio show. I took the time to do the editing and am posting here so I can just automate copying and pasting a link to people who make statements like “You should be producing your free software for this different operating system” or “You’re using the wrong open-source license” or “You should be using a different operating system.”

I’m doing this to save time, because we’ll never finish building the new roads for free if we have to keep addressing the same stock statements or answering the same stock questions about computing religious wars over and over. They’re all addressed and answered here.

People who make those statements are likely to land here and say “21 minutes? Too long, didn’t listen. I have more valuable things to do with my time, like telling other people who produce something useful for free how they’re doing it wrong!”

But those statements can’t be fully addressed in under 21 minutes. I could answer them for hours. Plus, this is an entertaining, well produced-audio piece. (My co-hosts are recorded over the free software we developed, FeenPhone.) So you can listen to this or not, but your only answer from me is in this file.

If you’re a non-Windows user and you’re not a demanding “gimmie gimme, do my bidding NOW!” socialist dick, and instead are actually a programmer who can make a non-Windows version (i.e. if you’re part of the solution, not part of the problem), the source code and open-source licensing info for FeenPhone is HERE.

Non-Windows Developer Protocol Guide HERE. If you want to make a non-Windows version of FeenPhone, or a product derived from our code, we’d love to help you, at least with testing it over the Internet. Please post a comment below and we’ll be in touch.

–Michael W. Dean