Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Aug 2009 22:23 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source When Windows Vista was launched, the Free Software Foundation started its BadVista campaign, which was aimed at informing users about what the FSF considered user-restrictive features in Vista. Luckily for the FSF, Vista didn't really need a bad-mouthing campaign to fail. Now that Windows 7 is receiving a lot of positive press, the FSF dusted off the BadVista drum, and gave it a fresh coat of paint.
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RE: Why?
by StaubSaugerNZ on Thu 27th Aug 2009 05:55 UTC in reply to "Why?"
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You hypocrates - all of you who profess to use all the GNU stuff [with the small Linux kernel underneath]). You use the product of millions of man-hours of labour and whinge about the philosophy of those who did it for you, for free.

If you don't like the philosophy don't use the software, ok? It is the rational thing to do. Go and get an Apple or switch to BSD, Solaris, or Windows. Otherwise, accept you are logically irrational ingrates and STFU. You are not contributing anything.

Oh yeah, for the next poster. I've written medical software (for research though, not life support certified but medical nevertheless) and it would not be possible to do without Free Software (due to the cost involve to buy all components). The Internet runs on Free Software but because most of you are so goddamn noobie in your outlook you think all computing is your desktop and your company's wimpy Exchange server.

Right now I'm writing software for a project that will process mail for millions of users and is hosted on Linux (the only thing that can scale cost-wise in such huge server farms - same way Google uses Linux). Doing this would not be economical if we were paying for Windows licenses on this scale. Free Software is good for all businesses (except for one company perhaps who is the only one to really benefit from monopolising computing and developer mindshare).

Free Software makes this business possible, and because it is Free Software it'll still be around in 10 years (since we can always maintain it ourselves, 'cause we got the skills unlike the whiners on this site who consider themselves l33t gurus since they know how to install MS Office).

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