A common question you hear from proprietary vendors when dismissing open source alternatives is “how many customers actually want access to the code anyway?” It is a question I put to an open source software vendor myself earlier this week while playing devil’s advocate.

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To Help Yourself and Help Your Community

It is a fact that programs designed to be distributed to the general public would be somehow inadequate to any user; a user will always find something about the program that needs improvement. Without the right to the code, the user cannot control their own computer - they must rely on the software proprietor's permission to control themselves. For me, this dependancy is unacceptable. There is little technical reason why source code should not be shared. For the majority of the time, the code is witheld purely for anti-social reasons; mainly to subjugate the user to the proprietor.