Re: "Open source used to be about copycatting popular proprietary products"
> then certainly Open Office, MySQL and so forth are copying proprietary software
ANY office suite is "copying proprietary software", big brand names in included. It's pretty old and basic stuff that Microsoft has no monopoly in. It's this mindless sort of brand fixated mentality that make running the monopoly platform far less useful. Some of us might want to use an "alternative". Licenses aren't even the big issue there.
...and SQL? That's an open standard. Whining about MySQL is like trying to call ANY image editor a Photoshop knockoff.
Both are good examples of stuff that's OLD enough that it should be commodity and dirt cheap by now.
There's no good reason for either class of software to be the exclusive domain of some monopoly vendor that has mastered the art of forcing everyone to buy pointless upgrades.