FOSS. Rebellion, geekery or beliefs?
I was thinking, in the software world, is open source software rebellion, or is it belief?
For example, open source crusaders who use *only* open source software, no matter if it cripples their productivity swear by FOSS, whereas people who use proprietary software often say it makes no difference to them. In a larger sense, open source software doesn't affect people's lives as much as world hunger, war, poverty and abuse. But does this make it a waste of time? In my eyes, no. Open source has been a huge source of innovation in the computing world, leading to companies saving money, more efficient programming techniques, and more.
Open Source Software is often just a synonym for Geekery in the eyes of businessmen, where they need solid backup with people they can go to and ask for support immediately if something goes wrong. Do you think geekery helps the open source world? Well, I can't answer this question, I can only offer my opinion, and that is Yes. Geekery makes people feel like they are in a small community, much like these forums. It allows us to relate to each other, talk, have common interests and such. It also leads to innovations (which goes back to the idea of open source software making a big difference in computing.
I think rebellion is also a reason why people use Free operating systems and software. They don't want to give their money to "Microsoft, microshaft, micro$oft and other names for the big company". Is this for their beliefs? Sometimes. I think it is also because of jealousy. They want to be the person that is seen as a computer genius by a *lot* of the world with billions of dollars.
What are your views?
Is open source rebellion, geekery, beliefs or other?