Metaphors of Free Software

Nicolas JEAN jean at
Tue Sep 30 16:26:22 UTC 2014

On 24/09/2014 12:29, Erik Albers wrote:
> On 23/09/14 15:59, Hugo Roy wrote:
>> I suppose we’re missing the analogy between a cooking recipe and
>> source code for the list to be complete :-)
> I also like an analogy between Open Standards and screws/screwdrivers:
> Industry decides for a standard for screws that is open to use and adopt. That
> makes it very easy for the customers because they only need a generic
> screwdriver to tighten all kinds of screws. And using the screw as a standard
> you can build all kind of innovation on top of it.
> The counterpart is specific screws used by the manufacturers to lock their
> hardware, so you cannot open it anymore because you are in need of a specific
> tool to open it.

A tool that's preferably very, very expensive. And that you can only buy 
from said hardware manufacturer. Because other companies aren't allowed 
to build it let alone sell it to you, thanks to patents.
Yeah I'm starting to like this analogy, too :)


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