@bob just ready your "Is FOSS capitalist?" and I thought it was well done.
I think I can see the original author's point (or at least the point of those who they claim to represent), but I think the root cause is different, and therefore the solution they propose is inadequate.
I'm going to try and write something more cohesive about this but I wanted to thank-you for your post.
@bob I think it's a hard thing to summarize, but I think it's important to start a thoughtful counter-narrative because I don't think anyone wins driving users back into the arms of proprietary software.
@bob This is the best I could do in the time I alloted myself :)
I'm sure it's full of (factual, grammatical) errors but that's not really the point. If I can find some time later I'll go-back and clean things up :)
@bob Hypercard has a direct relationship to this (it was Atkinson's translation of BASIC into the GUI realm).
I've considered a number of times of reviving the idea (as have others) but haven't had enough justification to complete it.
Maybe now's the time?
@bob Yeah, there's a number of "toys and teaching tools" but nothing that's intended to create usable, sustainable software.
I guess in one way it's like capitalism: the people who have the power to fix it are the ones who have the most to loose by fixing it 😂
@bob I think the other thing about BASIC and early micros is that there wasn't something more "legit", software written BASIC wasn't "degenerate" or "second-class" on these machines.
Probably more of a perception problem than reality, but it might still be a factor.
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