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Mahesh K
Mahesh K

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Why Trade Restriction is a good news for Open source?

I am sure almost every developer here have heard the news on how Github is restricting people based on trade theocracy that is been going on for last 2 months.

I consider this as a good news for open source and also an opportunity for developers to build startups based on these limits.

For example, Alibaba (China) and Amazon (US) if decides to have bad relationship with your country based on so-called human rights and culture difference. Do they have right to pull plug on your account?

Let's not debate how and why. Let's look at this as an opportunity.

How I see this event?

I see rise of Infrastructure as a service softwares to be made open source. So that I can have something like AWS in my own country without US and China dictating terms as they please.

Many startups can come out on local basis and build open source around this. Like open source heroku clone? AWS and Azure clone? CDN clones? A lot of them are already designed to limited extent and we are forced to go for premium due to those features not available in open source.

How about we open source these features rather than play mud-slinging matches between which country and their president are wrong?

Border will always be there. That's how cultures are protected. Liberalism doesn't have to kill religions and cultures for capitalistic interests.

How about we change the course of action with open source and let there be harmony with controls in ownership?

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Areahints

Im surprised i missed this. This is a challenging time for open source.
I personally am benefiting from open source and my darkest fears are usually about losing access to some software/service that i need.

That been said. Economics is pretty much set against devs in other countries

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