I am kinda new into the linux world. Coming from MacOs where I am used to pay for software and support programmers make a living and getting support for the thing I bought. Yes, it’s mostly closed software (which is not so cool).
Now I come to the linux world and everybody is about “FOSS” all the time.
For me the whole “FOSS” System is the reason linux as a desktop environment falls behind. Not because of the OSS but because of the free. I am big fan of the OSS part! But not of the “F” part.
The people doing the programming are doing mostly all in their freetime. It’s a hobby. And when somethings get urgent or bills got to be paid, the hobby-projects get abandoned. And I get that.
I would love some “It’s OSS, but pay for it” approach. Software is longer lived - look at all the abandonend great ideas in the linux world.
Simple example: Show me a really working maintained text-expander in the linux world. Espanso? Abandoned. Texpander - for terminal cracks. Autokey? Can’t get it to work. That is such a basic thing I need every day. And I would pay for an app like that. But there is none (at least I have not found it yet. )
“Who would pay for something that’s OSS?” I would. Business owners would. Because they would get support for example. Like “software is OSS, but you gotta figure it out on your own - or you buy it and get support”.
As a business owner I am not a big fan of “free”. I rather pay for something - and then have some reliability in it.
“But donations …” - I donated in the past to programmers and donations are mostly a PITA to give - if the programmers do not use a service - and it is not a business expense. I can not use it in my taxes. If I buy a software it is a business expense.
Coming to fedora I see sooooooo much potential. But I get that the development takes time if people do it all for free.
I believe that is the main reason why desktop environments are still ruled by WIN and MacOs.
As long as we live in the society where we have to pay our bills, make a living - giving people money for their work is a good idea. Because if they have to choose: Do I go for my hobby or do I take the time to earn money to feed my family? The choice is obvious.
That’s my 2 cents on the “F” in “FOSS”.
Happy week y’all!