why commercial (proprietary) software sucks

People especially economists compare buying a software with buying a car. But this isn’t true. Actually the purchase is comparable to buy a license to use a special car with many restrictions.

e.g. you can’t

  • install it on as many pcs you want. In contrast everyone you trust and has driver license can drive your car
  • modify it (just a very little).
  • give it away/sell it
  • cannibalize it after it stopped working (a broken car you can strip from useful components)
  • go to a car dealer/repairshop of your choice (there are some movements in the car industry to restrict this either)
  • disable advertisments (in the car world they are optionally for your car)
  • have a choice which car you use. In software world nearly every company tries to lock in the users

One similarity is: you are the product.
Many people live from you by exploiting your nescience (in the car as in the software industry)