Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 31st Mar 2010 21:59 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Graphics, User Interfaces "What if all software was open source? Anybody would then be able to add custom features to Microsoft Word, Adobe Photoshop, Apple iTunes or any other program. A University of Washington project may make this possible." Yeah I know, odd headline - couldn't find anything better.
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If all software was open source?
by OSGuy on Thu 1st Apr 2010 11:54 UTC
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That's scary. Inconsistencies all over, slowness, GUI sluggishness, dependency hell, oversized widgets, 100s of different versions of the same thing incompatible with each other, mibsy, flibsy, wttsplash stupid names given to software, (same software renamed 100 different times to indicate 'different' versions)....To upgrade a software, you'd have to edit some apt-get config script to add the source, uninstall, re-install --upgrade etc etc...

NOT GOOD for the end user.

But then again, you have the freedom and no patents but we can have commercial software without patents too.

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