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Submission + - What if Linux went closed source? Would you still use it? (networkworld.com) 5

colinneagle writes: If LibreOffice went closed source tomorrow... would I stop using it? I doubt it. I like LibreOffice.

If the Linux kernel, Gnome and Firefox all went closed source...would I stop using those? You know what? I wouldn't. I like Linux. I like Gnome. I like Firefox (most of the time). I'm pretty sure I would keep on using all of them.

Which begs the question: Why do I use all of this Open Source software? Is it because of the license and availability of the source code, or is it something else?

Here's what I've come to so far: I use the software I use (including Linux) because it was made by nerds, for nerds. And I, as it turns out, am a bit of a nerd. So this software speaks to me. It resonates with me.

I'm curious how many of you feel about this. If the source code went away for Linux, would you still use it? Or would you jump ship to a different platform? How about for your browser of office suite of choice? Leave your comments below.

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What if Linux went closed source? Would you still use it?

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  • It comes down to whether the user likes to browse source. There's clearly things that make open source software good: a large community of experts (or `nerds', but I prefer the term `expert') ironing out the bugs and adding useful features. If Linux closed their source, would it still have the same expert community working on it? Maybe yes, maybe no. If you do a code freeze of your open source software now, yes, it's good, but will it be good in the future? Maybe yes, maybe no. Who knows. Certainly t
  • Linux cant go closed source, once code has been released under the GPL it can be unreleased from the GPL.
  • Regular joe like me does not care regardless if the source is open or closed because I don't want to waste time looking at the hundreds or even thousand lines of code, i just want to use the software. If it works and it's free or cheap price, I will use it. Even if somebody takes the gpl code and incorporates it into their own closed source application and sells it, who cares, because the original code is still available for everybody to use and improve upon it, no harm done. If these linux geeks think

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