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Linux With Linux on the desktop going from a slow crawl to verging on an explosion, many have toiled with the question: How do we make this happen faster? A well-known Austin-based Linux Advocate thinks he has the answer.
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tomcat
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2006-01-06

(1) Many eyes make bugs shallow

If the eyes are even looking, which is unlikely. The reality is that highly-valued components (ie. Linux kernel) get a lot of attention, but the majority of open source projects are poorly maintained.

(2) You cannot hide malware in open source

Nor can you hide it in closed source. No point.

(3) No DRM or WGA

This is actually a disadvantage: It means that media studios will not allow you to play their content. You have to resort to all kinds of hacks to get DVDs and other content playing, if you can even get it to play at all.

(4) No single vendor lock-in, and so no monopoly prices

As long as there are alternatives, there is no such thing as vendor lock-in. No point.

(5) No forced upgrades (after all, you do have the source for whatever version you are using)

I have a box running Windows NT that's over 10 years old. Strangely enough, nobody has forced me to upgrade it. It just sits there in the corner, running quietly and never complaining. No point.

(6) 1.5 million developers worldwide (equivalent full-time)

Are they working on code that you care about? Probably not. No point.

(7) guaranteed no call-home spyware

LOL. Here's where we get into hair-splitting contests on your side. I don't consider self-registration of software to be "call home spyware" like you probably do but, then again, I'm sane.

(8) you can remove anything you don't like, such as DRM

You're also free to completely hose yourself. No point.

(9) developed in a meritocracy ... so it does what the people want, not what big business wants

No, it does what the oligarchy of maintainers want, not what the people want. No point.

(10) You have control over your own hardware

This one is plain silly and meaningless. No point.

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