Freedom-building software exists, there are developers who create it, and more who want to. But there isn't a distribution system for it. No way to spread the word when new stuff comes out. I'm not talking about developer tools, frameworks and environments. I'm talking about things users use.
I said this to Doc and Dave yesterday, but it really has to be said to everyone. It's like Peter Pan. If you believe in it, it will happen. You just have to be part of the network of users that beats the drum for good software that treats you with respect.
Look at the network Mac software has: John Gruber, Marco Arment, TidBits, and those are just the top guys. There's a whole network behind them of people who share news about cool new products. We need that for web-like software and until it happens we'll still be at the starting gate.