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[News] Seattle P-I (Microsoft Booster) Explains Why Free Software is Better

  • Subject: [News] Seattle P-I (Microsoft Booster) Explains Why Free Software is Better
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 01 Mar 2010 08:36:38 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Dropbox - a study in what's right with open source, and wrong with windows.

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| There are already several software on the 
| market that allow you to reach your home 
| computer from work, and do NOT require 
| that you install software on your work 
| computer. So, I see dropbox as a "why does 
| this exist?" question.
| In Open Source, this is rarely a problem. 
| Software that isn't necessary does not 
| gain the volunteers to work on it that it 
| would need in order to grow. Software that 
| is needed gets thousands of players 
| involved. Since nobody gets paid to write 
| open source, the driving factor behind it 
| is perception of need or usefulness.


MS and Oracle's big dev tools - who needs 'em?

,----[ Quote ]
| Emacs, Vim, and other editors have basic 
| syntax highlighting and code navigation 
| for an even broader set of formats despite 
| the fact that they lag IDEs in features. 
| Though IDEs offer impressive plug-in 
| capabilities, traditional script, and 
| config files seem easier to learn and use 
| and ultimately more flexible.



Giving it Away for Free

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| I was talking with a pal of mine yesterday out back in his workshop. He was
| making a beautiful piece of furniture and I was going on about the world
| which, of course, eventually led to a discussion of computer operating
| systems, open source, that kind of thing.
| [...]
| As we both oooh'd and ahhh'd over it and ran our fingers over it I asked
| him, "So, Frank, how much you gonna sell this bad-boy for?" Frank just
| smiled. "I'm not selling this, I can't. You know, it's too much of me, to
| much soul, too much devotion. I could never sell this, I'd either keep it for
| myself or give it to someone I loved."
| "So, Frank, you mean like those Open Source developers?", I asked. And he
| smiled again. He got it. His smile got crooked and he said, "Yeah, ya bastid,
| just like those open source developers." You could almost see his epiphany.

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