Nearly four years ago, in January 2015, I posted On Switching to Linux, in which my computer (in a photo from November 2014) looked like this:
Here’s the same photo from today:
- Free Software is important
- Making things that are easy, or even pleasant, to use is important
- Free Software’s Four Freedoms are only academic if usability is a barrier to being capable of using the software for any purpose
- Apple, and the developers on their platform, are the sub-section of the developer world who care most about giving their people usable and pleasant things
- Combining these things leads to the conclusion that bringing Free Software principles to the world of Apple makers and adopters is both important and valuable
- Meanwhile, the people over in the web and server/backend/cloud/serverless land have done a much better job of letting makers iterate quickly and build new things
- Conversely, the people in the Apple land have done a much better job of making it so that the thing you build works without some complicated stack of transpilers, polyfills and tree-shakers.
- Thus there are things that the makers in Apple land should learn from the makers in web/server land before the Apple land merely becomes a window on to the web stuff.
I’m back. Watch this space.