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Re: Re: Comment by kurkosdr
by kurkosdr on Thu 25th Apr 2013 18:33 UTC
kurkosdr
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He exercised his right to install 3rd party software, which he wouldn't have gotten at all in a walled garden. The point was that the responsibility for 3rd party software quality assurance lies with you, the end user, or the 3rd party software vendor.


Theoretically, this is true. Practically, Linux Desktop doesn't care about API stability and backcompat, so, for the average user who doesn't want to do things "at his own risk" (aka see things getting broken), it has the effect of a walled garden.

I will bring Windows and OS X as examples again. You can run software outside their stores, and it works with remarkable back compat. For most users, such stability for software installed outside the repo (or store) is perceived as preferable to seeing some source code.

Just look at Android. Nobody mentions the ability to see the source as an advantage. They will mention the openness of the store compared to Apple's (emulators etc), the ability to sideload apps to buy directly from the dev, the hardware variety etc but not the source code. Even if they have an AOSP phone (Xperia Z, Nexus 4 etc)

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