[hackerspaces] Hackerspaces survey on Free/Libre Open Source Software

matt matt at nycresistor.com
Sun Apr 6 17:45:22 CEST 2014

I don't think hackerspaces are tied to FLOSS at all.  If you want to GNU
all the things, good luck with that.  But, many of us aren't focused on
that sort of project.  I know at resistor we use many propietary software
suites in addition to open source.

We use Eagle, we use corel draw.  Our laser cutter works best with corel
draw on windows.  And so, that is what is running on the laser cutter CAD

Again in hardware, many manufacturers only supply tooling for windows.

Best tool for the job does not always include open source options.

And for some folks, the goal is the project they are working on, not how
they are working on it.

So, I'd say do whatever floats your boat, but don't expect hackerspaces to
line up and support FLOSS across the board.  That was never the point.
Even in european hackerspaces.


On Sun, Apr 6, 2014 at 11:28 AM, Ron Bean
<makerspace at rbean.users.panix.com>wrote:

> Mike Dupont <jamesmikedupont at googlemail.com> writes:
> >acceptance of using illegal copies of proprietary software instead of
> >learning to use F/LOSS alternatives.
> This does bother me, especially at a larger 'space.
> >spending of hackerspace funds on software licenses.
> I could see this as acceptable where it's significantly better than any
> open-source alternative.
> Also, a lot of people who are there to hack atoms rather than bits don't
> want to take the time to learn something other than the proprietary
> software they're used to, because they're not software guys (hence the
> prevalence of Windows).
> Another thing that comes up is that sometimes people (including me)
> check out an open-source program, see that it doesn't do what they need
> to do, and then don't notice when useful features are added later. I
> know a guy who hates Linux because he had a bad experience with it 10
> years ago, and still insists that it's terrible.
> >for me the big one that hurt the most : was removing of linux from the
> >public terminals and replacing with windows.
> They don't even let you have one linux machine?
> Most people just use their own laptops, though, so it's not usually a
> big issue.
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