Are Businesses Who Don’t Give Back Leeches?

There should be an image here!Normally, a statement like this in the title of this article might be seen as something that is controversial.But as it turns out, there is actually some truth to it, be it not without its own back-story. At the end of the day, it comes down to this. Yes, there are businesses that leech off of open source products and in turn, do not share anything worthwhile with the community. Hence being seen as a leech. But I see a flip-side to this as well.

This leeching everyone is up in arms about, is mostly within the IT community. This means that to hobbyists, there is much less impact. In short, who cares…unless you happen to be an immediate member of that affected community.

Personally I take greater offense to those who utilize Linux distributions, desktop environments and various consumer-level software. Then only to balk at the idea of making regular donations later during fund-raising drives or the idea of buying Ubuntu from Best Buy. Clearly, there is a problem with the understanding that open source is free as in freedom, not as in free ride. It means that yes, it is made accessible to even those who might not be able to afford to for said software, but on the honor system, there is hope that those who can pay something in contribution, will. Yet sadly, this is not happening. That friends, is what I call leeches. Not the above interpretation.