Open Source Wins Slowly on My Mac

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

-Margaret Mead

For awhile now, I have been using the open source libgaim-based Adium alongside Defaultware's shareware Proteus. While both offer connectivity to all the major instant messaging services, it is clear that Adium has won out on my desktop--and not just because it is free. In fact, there are a number of instances where freeware outstripped commercial/shareware offerings and open source has outstripped proprietary systems, and not for ideological reasons--but because the features, functionality and, yes, robustness has proved superior in my book to commercial alternatives. Perhaps this is a microcosm of how the "revolution" will look: a slow, steady progression, desktop by desktop, with programs like Firefox and Audacity leading the snail's pace "charge".

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