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[News] Number of Things That Free Software Teaches, Things to Consider in Selection

  • Subject: [News] Number of Things That Free Software Teaches, Things to Consider in Selection
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 21 Dec 2009 17:12:44 +0000
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Five things Free Software has taught me

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| Iâve been in Free Software for a few years 
| now and learned a ton from it.  Sure, I 
| learned how to use new types of software, 
| became efficient on them, and honed my 
| programming skills, but stopping there would 
| be missing the point.  Free software has so 
| much more to offer than just computing and 
| technical benefits.  In fact, the technical 
| side is the least important thing Iâve 
| learned from my experiences.  Free Software 
| has brought me far beyond knowledge of its 
| source code and taught me lessons I will 
| value for a lifetime.
| 1. Centralized control isnât worth it
| When one single governing body gains absolute 
| control over something, it is only a matter 
| of time before that governing body increases 
| its power tremendously.  Many times, it does 
| this in order to avoid vice, but 
| counterintuitively, only ends up creating 
| more of it in the process.  Take any modern 
| established proprietary software company that 
| started out in the 60âs or 70âs for example.  
| These software companies were revolutionary 
| in their decision not to share their software 
| for the benefit of learning, but rather, keep 
| it a secret in order to make money from it.  
| As time went on, the companies began imposing 
| slightly harsher methods upon users in an 
| attempt to foil the plans of those who 
| refused to pay.  This was the beginning of 
| techniques such as license keys.  As users 
| developed ways around the methods, the 
| methods kept getting progressively harsher, 
| severely punishing casual proprietary 
| software users who had been legally using and 
| paying full price for the software since the 
| beginning.


10 questions to ask when selecting open source products for your enterprise

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| To make sure you realize all the benefits of 
| open source, run these simple background 
| checks on an open source project.



The Great Linux/Grandmother Experiment!

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| Overall, Iâd have to say the usability features in gOS in specific (and Linux
| in general) are the biggest boon for her.  You have no idea how sad it is
| seeing someone struggle to read the screen with a magnifying glass.  The
| giant pictures and text for the few simple functions she uses are options
| that are specifically available in Linux and not to the same degree in other
| OSes.  She couldnât read the screen in XP before!  I havenât tried out the
| usability features in OSX, but she doesnât have the money for a Mac anyway.
| Linux was really the only viable option in this scenario because of itâs cost
| ($0) and itâs ease of use.  And judging from the way she was picking it up, I
| think sheâll be alright with it!
| So, for what itâs worth, Iâd just like to say âThank youâ to all the Linux
| developers who donate their time to those projects.  Youâve literally helped
| my Grandmother see again.

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