Forced Free Software

I saw something rather depressing when I went to the sourceforge home page today. The five most downloaded projects were: eMule, Ares Galaxy, Azureus, Shareaza, and The GIMP for Windows, in that order. Notice anything about those. Four of those five are file sharing clients. So people are using open source software not as a substitute for commercial software, but instead as a means to use commercial software for free. Hmph. I guess it’s nice to see that a solid open source substitute for Photoshop is actually getting used, though.


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