If you find the writer’s “no capital letters” writing style obnoxious and difficult to read like I do, you can paste the text into this:

Edit: And now that I’ve read it, I can’t say I understand exactly what the author’s point was. To say “free software” is “dead” and to say “free software has a specific goal and I don’t care about it” are two different things and seems needlessly dramatic. The rest of it is a long-winded description of the state of open-source licensed software and how corporations use it, often in an exploitative way. It may be a long acknowledgement that you are not going to solve the worlds problems with software alone, which is worth remembering.


corporations have little to nothing to lose by publishing existing source code

That is SO wrong lmao, imagine if SAP or Microsoft open-sourced their ERP solutions, or if Intel released their microcode source, or any other bif corp releasing their 20+ year work.

I agree that for big project, plain open-source got more popular than free software, but I wouldn’t say FOSS is dead. In the Linux community, it seems to be somewhat alive, pretty sure it is as well in other communities.

What is libre culture?

Libre culture is all about empowering people. While the general philosophy stems greatly from the free software movement, libre culture is much broader and encompasses other aspects of culture such as music, movies, food, technology, etc.

Some beliefs include but aren’t limited to:

  • That copyright should expire after a certain period of time.
  • That knowledge should be available to people, not locked away.
  • That no entity should have unjust control or possession of others.
  • That mass surveillance is about mass control, not justice.
  • That we can all band together to help liberate each other.

Check out this link for more.


I’ve looked into the ways other forums handle rules, and I’ve distilled their policies down into two simple ideas.

  • Please show common courtesy: Let’s make this community one that people want to be a part of.

  • Please keep posts generally on topic

  • No NSFW content

  • When sharing a Libre project, please include the name of its license in the title. For example: “Project name and summary (GPL-3.0)”

Libre culture is a very very broad topic, and while it’s perfectly okay for a conversation to stray, I do ask that we keep things generally on topic.

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