Free Software Foundation – Anti-Features

Free Software Foundation – Anti-Features:

RAW is an example of an anti-feature. Anti-features are sold to customers as features but are fundamental or unavoidable aspects of systems that can only be removed or withheld through technological effort. Unlike real features, producers of anti-features charge customers for not inhibiting access to their products’ full functionality. Technological and legal barriers that keep anti-features away from the users of intentionally less featureful end up costing all users their freedom. It is more difficult for Canon to make cameras that output JPEGs than cameras that output RAW, and it’s not significantly more difficult to offer users a choice.

As the poster points out, one of the nice things about free software is that as a matter of course, and with zero coding effort, it will provide all the “anti-features” that nonfree systems make you pay for.

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