Remember kids, Free software = NO MORE JERBS.
RMS is TAKING UR JERBS!!!!!1oneone
The Winbred stages of FOSS FUD:
The “irrelevence” stage (mostly in the 90s when FOSS was somewhat obsecure).
FOSS is stupid and irrelevent. Who would use something made by a bunch of amateurs? This idea is never going to get past the neckbeard’s basements.
Google, Red Hat, Oracle, the US Government, Apple, Microsoft (ask Administrator, he’ll be glad to explain), why WON’T YOU LISTEN!! STOP PRODUCING FOSS!!!!!!!!!!!!! WTF GOOGLE WHY DID YOU OPEN SORES ANDROID??? GAH!
The “make up desperate economic bullshit phase” (early-mid 2000s).
But FOSS has higher TCOs! Don’t you know??? Here are some studies. It’s free but costs more. WHY WON’T ANYONE LISTEN TO ME!!!!!! STOP USING FOSS, IT’S MORE EXPENSIVE!!
Finally, we are in the era of “TheyTakingUrJerbs” (mid 2000s to present) and “SueSueSueSue” (past year or so).
FOSS is JERB-KILLING! Without the properitary software, how is anyone gonna get paid? Isn’t that the point of the software industry?
FOSS it steals OUR super valuable IP. LINUX WAS MY IDEA ALL ALONG, YOU NECKBEARD SCUMS. And we have a ShittySoftwarePatentOnObviousPositioningOfIcons™ to prove it.
That’s right. Nobody buys the TCO argument anymore. So the FUD of the day is to fall back to the BROKEN WINDOW FALLACY to explain away FOSS as JOB KILLING.
Here I thought the purpose of the software industry was to, um… write software? It’s like the first word in “software industry”. Jobs are nice and all, but only when are used in the process of producing software as efficently as possible. And if that means removing people from the process, so be it.
When has the software industry become a jobs program? Oh wait, that question almost answers itself.
Here is a great example of that:
At one of our dinners, Milton recalled traveling to an Asian country in the 1960s and visiting a worksite where a new canal was being built. He was shocked to see that, instead of modern tractors and earth movers, the workers had shovels. He asked why there were so few machines. The government bureaucrat explained: “You don’t understand. This is a jobs program.” To which Milton replied: “Oh, I thought you were trying to build a canal. If it’s jobs you want, then you should give these workers spoons, not shovels.”
Best analogy ever. Properitary software is the equivalent of a jobs program that digs canals with spoons.