Last week, I read this new and inspiring testimonial: The Joy Of Slow Computing
When I use open source software, I am no longer a consumer, but a member of a user/developers community. If my Yosemite has a bug, I can complain to the multi billion dollar company Apple, that probably doesn’t care for me as an individual. Not so with Zotero, Inkscape, Firefox or any other great open source creation; I can visit the friendly virtual village, for help or even bug fixes, that are tailored to my needs.
As Eric Raymond has written in The Cathedral And The Bazaar, this is a fundamental shift in experiencing software.
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See also: Are You A Consumer or Community Player?