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Cake day: June 20th, 2023


  • The only such transition I was involved in was switching from TFS to Git, and there was no discussion. It was the obvious thing to do and for a while we needed to support some developers who are new to Git.

    So, it all depends on the type of change you want to implement. Most people don’t think much about a piece of software being open is significant. That’s why the main selling point should be the product itself. Especially in organizations openness alone is not a strong enough argument.

    But with individuals, it may help to inform people about FOSS instead of just suggesting alternatives (“Do you have a moment to talk about our lord and savior Stallman/Torvalds?”). If the individual doesn’t understand or subscribe to the values, the switch may be temporary. My 2 cents. Hopefully others will come up with better tactics.

  • I am not concerned about not having anything to show for my free time. I am just not finding interest doing stuff which could indicate something worse.

    You are not alone. It’s not easy to find an engaging free time activity. And even if you do, you may get bored of it after some time. The only thing I can say is: even if something doesn’t seem very interesting at first, give it a try anyway (as long as it doesn’t require a huge upfront investment). You may end up liking the activity or you may end up with like-minded people. And the worst case scenario is, you have wasted some time.

    I think majority of people suffer from not having a meaningful free time activity (amplified by the possibilities of internet). And I’m saying this without any data to back it up, so don’t quote me on that.

  • That’s an unnecessarily strong reaction. Money clearly matters for some things. But that’s not all that matters. There are many people releasing FOSS without any financial expectations. Clearly, money doesn’t matter to those people on that context. Trying to argue that “money should matter also for those people on that context” doesn’t make too much sense to me. Nobody is forcing anybody to release FOSS.

  • Sorry, I don’t follow your reasoning. Why would a company not making money be a relevant problem for the advocates of FOSS? FOSS is about freedom. It never had an opinion about money. Money has always been irrelevant. Some people may not like it, and they are free to not use non-free licenses. And FOSS advocates will warn users about that (as they did in the past). FOSS doesn’t have an obligation to offer a solution to every problem in the software industry.

  • I think you are highlighting an important point that are missed by other commenters emphasizing the developer. I prefer GPL over MIT license. But this is a possible fallback if Redis decides to change its licensing (like several others did).

    I think these kind of products have strategic significance for MS for their Azure offering. They are probably preparing to offer this there (in addition to and as an alternative to Redis). So, it makes sense for Microsoft to release this with an OSS license (otherwise no one will adopt it).

  • I mainly develop in C#, and I agree that having to write so much boiler plate for type safety is really boring. C# is not perfect either (it doesn’t have discriminated unions, etc.) but at least it gives type safety out of the box.

    However, in general, I think enums are widely misused. I see a lot of cases where they should have been classes with a factory, but ended up being enums with a lot of static functions and switch statements.