I am proud to say that, for the past several years, the computers at my house have no software illegally installed on them. I’m not necessarily proud of that fact for moral/ethical/legal/financial reasons, though. In recent years, the open source movement has given us so much good software to own and use that there’s no need to go through the trouble of illegally obtaining software.
And I’m not just talking about Firefox, for once.
I know many people who use pirated copies of things like Adobe Photoshop and Macromedia Flash. In the past, when you talked about open-source imaging software, you were talking about the ugly monstrosity that is the GIMP. But these days, there are also alternatives that are – shockingly – pleasant and easy to use. I’m talking about Paint.NET.
Hey, I’m actually plugging a program using Microsoft technologies! What blasphemy! But seriously: anti-Micro$oft sentiments aside, it’s good software. Try it out sometime.