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hot take about open source software 

The most important thing about Free and Open Source Software isn't all the stuff about forking and pull requests and that. The most important thing is that it works to insulate code from the profit motive.

The ability to fork or request upstream changes is a vital part of that but not the point in and of itself.

hot take about open source software 

@stolas wait fuck I should have posted this from this account

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@stolas @stolas I enjoy those moments where you suddenly realize you have this account. lol

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@tinylesbiangamer @stolas @stolas I enjoy the smut boosts from time to time :P

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@stolas Is this a hot take? As much as I am all up in the FOSS shit, it's definitely one of the main reasons why I use it.

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@tinylesbiangamer It's a hot take because I haven't put much actual thought into it tbh

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@stolas @tinylesbiangamer It's a hot take to tech/FOSSBros who tell you "Just fork it if you don't like it" without giving a thought about how much effort it takes, or that having a million forks actually helps fuck all.

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@MxCraven @stolas This is definitely a problem. The main good thing about forking is that sometimes.. sometimes... someone will pick up a formerly abandoned project you liked and continue development. Which is nice. But I know it would very rarely be me. :p

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@tinylesbiangamer @stolas Forking was originally intended to take base code and use it, it wasn't intended to have a million competing products. It was to allow libraries and shit to be freely used.

The actual "Fork" in SVCs is for temporary local clones that you can then merge request into master.

So many people forget that a fork is supposed to be merged back upstream if possible, or it's for one project, a small personal thing that takes a base and makes it something else.

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@MxCraven @tinylesbiangamer Yeah, the term fork seems to have really undergone a lot of semantic drift over time.

Techincally any git clone is a fork and I think that's what was originally intended but now we use the term "fork" to imply a totally separate version of the program with a totally separate team and everything.

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@stolas @tinylesbiangamer There's also the people that care about how many forks they have on GitHub. The fucking slogan "Fork me on github"

Only fork something if you *actually* want to do something with it...

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@MxCraven @tinylesbiangamer Didn't github once have that competition where you could win a T-shirt if you made a fork so everyone spammed forked?

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@stolas @tinylesbiangamer Yep... And every year a thing where you need a certain number of contributions so people go around to every project and spam PRs of nothing (adding fullstops to sentences in comments and shit)

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@MxCraven @stolas Wow, that is some bullshit.

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@stolas @MxCraven @tinylesbiangamer I think it was worse than that:

1. it was a different company, not github
2. in order to get the shirt you had to submit a pr, not just fork something, so a lot of people submitted mostly pointless prs changing the wording in the README or something

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@MxCraven @stolas I've seen so many projects with hundreds of forks that are literally just a (years old) copy with no edits made, ever.

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@stolas I'm poor so that's a definite nudge towards foss, then there's the fact that no profit motive can make it purely functional and not resort into "unlock PRO features" where the good shit is. Or, you know, filling unscrupulous companies' pockets with my limited amount of monies.

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@stolas it’s a cold take among the right people, but not one that i think one should be eager to spread, as many unaware participants would stop participating should they actually become convinced.

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@stolas Er... it does? How does it do that?

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@aidalgol You can monetise your black box if you can just fork it.

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