apparently today software in order to be competitive, must be not only good, but also free and / or open.

software for software developers.

microsoft and apple probably got wind of that, and opening c# and swift compilers followed.

however, developers differ from the “regular user” and they let’s say developed and obtained more needs than they realized ten years ago.

will come a day, when this “regular user” will have a need to use free and/or open software, therefore software producers in order to be more competitive will have to free/open their software? i don’t know. i don’t know.

i don’t know.

#free-software #free_software #need #market #economy #competition #c_sharp #swift #microsoft #apple #freedom

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how microsoft banned third party language compilers.
>We are very keen on supporting WinRT with native Delphi & C++ code. Right now, the issues surrounding the WinRT space center around the fact that many OS-supplied APIs which are required by anyone implementing their own language RTL are actually off-limits unless you’re the VC++ RTL DLL. You know, little things like RtlUnwind for exception processing and VirtualAlloc (et. al.) for memory management… Any calls to those APIs from your application will automatically disqualify your application from being an “official” WinRT application capable of delivering through the MS app store.

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when I read something like this, or even “how to pay to apple, get keys, and become an officially approved developer”, I have a strong desire to never participate windows/macos/ios development and I feel the freedom I have on GNU+Linux/BSDs, etecetra.

#microsoft #compilers #delphi #embarcadero #winrt #api #programming

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this was back ~10 years ago, at the Microsoft event, where they were basically stating that years of freebie passed, and we have to buy officially licensed Windows copies. As an answer to those, who were whining that Armenia is a poor country, and may it be they can sell licenses cheaper, a guy from M$ answered:

— you buy cars, right? why do you agree to pay for cars, but not for software.

Then there was a voice from auditory.

— can you sell us second hand copies of 15 years old windows installers?

#microsoft #windows #proprietary_software #software #armenia

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Why I’m Saying Goodbye to Apple, Google and Microsoft
I’m putting more trust in communities than corporations

https://medium.com/backchannel/why-i-m-saying-goodbye-to-apple-google-and-microsoft-78af12071bd

via @{dolphin ; dolphin@spyurk.am}

#apple #google #microsoft #gnu #linux #cyanogenmod #free-software #freedom #software #communities #corporations

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