I have gone through this question regarding the economic sustenance of the GNU Software and I think it is the foundation of my question.
Below is a small excerpt from the GNU Website which states the four principles the Free Software Foundation lays its foundation on.
- The freedom to run the program as you wish, for any purpose (freedom 0).
- The freedom to study how the program works, and change it so it does your computing as you wish (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
- The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor (freedom 2).
- The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others (freedom 3). By doing this you can give the whole community a chance to benefit from your changes. Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
A program is free software if the program's users have the above four essential freedoms.
I believe the above principles will :
- lead to better transparency regarding how the software works.
- fuel new ideas, which will lead to better customized software.
I couldn't ,however, think of the economic hindrances for :
- Setting up a Free Software Society.
- If set up, the survival of such a society.
A society where all the players abide by the above FSF principles is what I call a free software society. Well, this is my terminology indeed.
Any suggestions are appreciated.