Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 8th Dec 2005 20:16 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source "Of all the myths that have grown up around open source software, perhaps the most pervasive is Eric Raymond's aphorism that 'Many eyes make bugs shallow', suggesting that if lots of people can view a program's source code, they will find and fix its errors more quickly than commercial products whose code is jealously guarded. The only problem with this is that it's not true - certainly not in one of the flagship projects of open source, OpenOffice."
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RE: Programmers' business
by chuck97224 on Fri 9th Dec 2005 21:41 UTC in reply to "Programmers' business"
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>> wonder how many programmers do the same? I would assume that most do it. <<

If I run into a bug, I try to work around it. More often, I'll end up using proprietary software.

Yes, I'm a software engineer and I work for a very large tech company. But I don't have any spare time to download OO, set up to work on it, fix it, debug it, test it, and merge my changes back.

How much spare time to I have? Not one minute. I am barely keeping my marriage together now. Once you leave school, get a real job and start a family, your spare time comes to an end.

I agree with the author. The FOSS conscept doesn't scale very well.

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