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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I want my cake and eat it too!
by JeffS on Thu 27th Aug 2009 20:08 UTC
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I have a love/hate relationship with FOSS.

I have a love/hate relationship with Proprietary Software.

With FOSS, I get much greater freedom to have complete control over my computer, and use it as I wish. I also get better efficiency, better stability, and lot's of free goodies.

But with FOSS, I have frustrations - stuff like no stable API for the kernel, or Xorg breaking backwards compatibility, or Linux distros always including "the latest" of everything (introducing bugs and incompatibilities), and the sometimes religious zealotry of some of it's advocates.

With Proprietary software, I get generally greater completeness, more attention to detail, more polish, more compatibility, stable APIs, and generally more stuff "just working".

But with proprietary software I get restrictions, lock-in, DRM, WGA, patents, disabled features, file usage monitoring, the sometimes religious zeal of some of the proprietary software fanbois, and the inability to always do what I want with my computer.

I want software that doesn't limit my usage, doesn't impose artificial restrictions, doesn't limit my freedom, doesn't lock me in, but also has polish, stability, efficiency, compatibility, and stable APIs.

Is that so much to ask? .... probably ;-)

The likes of MS, Apple, Linux, or the FSF are all doubtful to provide all of those things. Just some of them.


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