I also absolutely and unequivocally despise the thought of having to be online to use a particular program, with no offline mode.
Living, as I do in "the second world" and well aware of what the "third world" is like, being dependent on having internet is another way where, despite all the hot air floating around about "levelling up", the "first world" maintains its hegemony.
Do NOT get me wrong: I'd far rather quasi-democratic countries like the USA and Canada than military juntas and one-party states.
BUT, I do believe that any chance of any sort of democratisation is going to be slowed down by making access to an awful lot of things dependent on decent internet access.
Let's imagine, for a moment, a building in Gaberone, Botswana, with a shed load of 3rd hand computers and some reasonable monitors [say 1024x786], an electricity supply that manages about 8 - 12 hours a day, and no internet . . .
Well, if I were wanting to give "young sprogs with hungry minds" something there it would NOT be dependent on internet access in any way whatsoever.
Now we well know that both Apple and Microsoft don't give a flying 'fudge' about kids like that; and quite a few of the Linux distributors don't either [pace Canonical's dropping of a 32-bit distro in 2018] despite all the razzmatazz.
Of course, parts of the Open Source 'movement', like schismatic gurus from some cult, have lost sight of Hairy Stallman's main point [which he has NOT helped with his increasingly shrill, dogmatic shrieking].
That doesn't mean 'WE' [discuss what 'WE' means in 500,000 words or less] have to lose sight of that.
I am NOT a communist, far, far from it; I am not even a socialist; in fact I am fairly right-wing.
BUT, I do also believe that, a bit like pencils and paper, there should NOT be a huge financial hurdle to jump over to get started.
If I give you a pencil and paper, and show you how to write and draw, and then you don't use that opportunity, don't come round to my place asking for food: BUT, I do want to give you the pencil, the paper, and at least rudimentary instructions to get you started.