Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 24th Nov 2012 17:52 UTC
Editorial Do you depend on your computer for your living? If so, I'm sure you've thought long and hard about which hardware and software to use. I'd like to explain why I use generic "white boxes" running open source software. These give me a platform I rely on for 100% availability. They also provide a low-cost solution with excellent security and privacy.
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by zhuravlik on Sun 25th Nov 2012 15:54 UTC in reply to "..."
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>at the end the quality of programmer is what makes the difference.

Yes, I fully agree with this viewpoint. Just in the closed world this quality dies with programmer, but in the open world it lives forever in publicly available well-written source code or in design principles for which no one will sue anyone else.

"The open" does not mean "open source" always - it is the freedom of choice. You choose proprietary software, if it fits your needs. And you choose free software, where it performs better. And the interoperability and interchangeability is by-design.

Even some proprietary companies live such a way. They just do better than others, and don't sue anyone, and don't restrict user's freedom for choice, because they are sure that their products are awesome, and user will choose their products nevertheless. The programmers actively interoperate with users and community, and they are just proud of their work and work even better.

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