> "Sermo Malifer" <sermomalifer@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
>> amicus_curious wrote:
>>> "Sinister Midget" <fardblossom@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
>>>> And lay off coders and bug crushers.
>>> Ah, it is amusing to watch you silly geese struggle to find a button and
>>> sew on a shirt! You hope and pray for Mr. Softee to stumble and so
>>> legitimatize your endless sneers and libels, but you must realize how
>>> fruitless that has proven to be. Microsoft rises and falls with the
>>> consumer economy these days since it has become a mainstay of the broad
>>> middle markets. You folk beam with pride when the Linux mind share
>>> moves from .7% to .8% or whatever and gleefully point to Windows decline
>>> from 91% to 89% or so in some off the beat survey. Microsoft sets the
>>> pace, still, and is the world's standard of comparison for the desktop
>>> and has the largest share of any OS in the server room. With maybe a
>>> nod to Netware, Linux is dead last in every market.
>> Linux has done very well for something that started as a college project
>> to learn about operating systems.
> So it has become the world's tallest midget. So what?
Linux isn't in a competition to be the world's most used operating
system. Its value is in what it does for its users, not in what profits
it makes for some corporation.
>> Too bad for you and M$ that Linux can't have its air supply cut off the
>> way they did to Netscape. Maybe someday you'll wake up and realize
>> market share numbers mean nothing to free software.
> Nothing means much to free software.
No corporation can kill it.
> I still do not really see how it
> differs much from the billions of lines of sample code that are to be
> found around the internet in various tutorial sites, developer help
> sites, and the like.
There is none so blind as he who will not see.
> Microsoft itself provides huge amounts of How
> To... stuff on the MSDN site.
Sure they do. The help built into Windows is excellent. But I still
want more out computing than the choice of either being Apple's customer
or Microsoft's customer.
> The only difference that I really see
> between FOSS and samples is that FOSS has a bunch of lawyers skulking
> around ready to pounce on anyone foolish enough to use their code in
> one's own work without following the FSF rules laid down by their
Which are simply don't use FOSS code without giving credit for it, nor
without making your modifications to it as free as the code you based
your work on.
> That, to me, is far less free than just plain old public
> domain or even the freeBSD or MIT licenses.
Free as in freedom, not free as in free beer.
BSD suffers a lack of funding because companies are free under the BSD
license to build commercial products on it and then give nothing back in