Wave of mutilations

We are in a moment of transition, in software we come from the black boxes where we put information and it comes out processed, that is, a compiled proprietary program, we cannot modify it, we cannot fix its errors, we cannot adapt it to our needs, we cannot create applications for it, we cannot know what it does with the data, we cannot change the supplier and we cannot move the data processing to another software. But we are moving towards free software, open programs are already a reality, people do not use them because they are cheaper, which is also true, they use them because they are better. The first is Firefox, a browser with thousands of small applications (plugins) that is being massively adopted, then will come Thunderbird for email, Openoffice for office automation and, finally, Linux for the operating system of our PC.

On the mobile a Linux variant, such as Google's Android, is proving its reliability and possibilities, and is already a standard.

On Internet servers, free software programs are already in the majority.

We are no longer talking about something pretty, but about something that already works well, and precisely because these programs do allow the creation of additional applications (plugins), they are much more widely used. However, some large companies in the hardware, software and content distribution sectors have seen their oligopoly threatened. Sony has already become obsessed with preventing the use of software outside its control. First, the development of an anti-copying shield delayed the launch of the PlayStation 3 by more than a year so that its competitors overtook it on the right. Sony had practically cornered the market with the PS2, and the PS3 was coming to confirm it, it was and is a much better console than its competitors, but it failed in the time to market.

Now Sony has mutilated the PS3 so that it can you cannot install Linux on it if you update the console with the program that will be released tomorrow. Honestly, I don't know what's the point of installing Linux on a PS3, I just know that this console is very powerful even today in video processing and that installing an open operating system gives it new possibilities. I don't think that installing Linux on a PS3 will stop me from buying Sony games, because, let's not forget that in their current business model, they get their profits from video games and not from the sale of the console.

It's a cat and mouse game, but these companies obsessed with nothing escaping their control are fighting against a large community of developers and, above all, they are selling you a mutilated product. Mutilating that product also comes at a great cost to them, a cost that, in all likelihood, you will end up paying for. Now, the question is: How long are we going to keep buying mutilated products?

Entry dedicated to Luis Casas


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