Opinion: Open-source should stay away from all kinds of politics

  • 时间: 2020-06-04 04:52:38

What's happening since last few months is unprecedented in the history of open source. When open source began its life, it was an attempt to escape the clutches of proprietary and monopolistic companies like Microsoft and Apple. It carved a way for the plebeian to have access to the computing domains which these walled gardens typically controlled access to.

While that certainly involves a left-leaning political stance, open source projects had remained largely bipartisan when it came to national politics ongoing in the country. None of the original founders of large FOSS projects had openly displayed any preference towards democrats or republicans.

But now, I'm seeing a totally different and toxic kind of behavior by many open source developers who's twitter feeds are  filled more with anti-Trump rants and support for democratic party initiatives like BLM these days than anything technical or programming related. Why are technologists so openly vocal in support of one particular party instead of staying bipartisan or neutral? Do they think that democrats are more left leaning and thus supportive of open source than republicans? Or is it the case that open source projects and initiatives thrived a lot more during Obama's regime than Trump's? Even thinking about such a possibility seems hilarious!

From what I've been observing on social media lately, it is most likely due to the constant bullying by the far left SJWs of their own. Most social media influences only started putting BLM hash-tags on their profiles and supportive tweets after they were bullied heavily by the left. Those who didn't spoke out and decided to stay neutral were heavily criticized and cancelled until they succumbed to the collective pressure. But does social media support and sympathy gained out of such bullying and coercion really mean anything?

An open source project should be first and foremost about serving their users and the collective common which consist of all their users and contributors irrespective of their political stances. It shouldn't be that only democratic party supporters should feel welcome in a project and not others. By staying bipartisan and neutral on a political stance and focusing more towards the development process, a FOSS project will appear to be more genuine and credible to everyone.