March 26, 2022


Oh, some people seem to be worried, that this protestware thing will undermines trust in the Open Source movement and lead to a renaissance of closed source software. No it won’t. Remember Sony putting rootkits on audio CDs to “protest” against privacy? Same thing, really.

Trust in Open Source is all about assuring the user that there are no hidden bombs in the executable by showing him the code. The NodeJS ecosystem undermined trust by cobbling applications together from an uncheckable thicket of dependencies. Closed Source never had that trust to begin with.