We all have seen those tables, which explain which free software can be a replacement for proprietary software.
When I was installing GNU/Linux to my friends, I was trying not to tell them - “this is replacement of that”, but show them some features that they did not even know about, something that exists only in GNU/Linux world.
I think, it’s not a very good sign, when we have many free software projects that tend to implement the same product as proprietary project.
In that case, it means that innovation first happens in proprietary world, then we try to copy and implement it, to not fall far behind. And very often our implementations are not good enough.
We need more “authentic” free projects, and let the proprietary software try to copy/implement it. In that case they will fall behind.
I think it’s not a coincidence that innovative ideas happen in proprietary thinking brains. This is because they think “what new thing can we do in order to earn?”. And we are too busy implementing free analogues of that proprietary software, often not good as original.
May be that’s because we are not used to think innovative enough. We ourselves tend to think more in terms of “repeating”, instead of “innovating”.
Sorry if I hurt your feelings. - may be I need to put it under every post I write.
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