Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Jan 2006 21:15 UTC, submitted by Herschel Cohen
GNU, GPL, Open Source "If building infrastructure is the true forte of Free/Open Source Software, why is there so much duplicative efforts to build so similar edifices seen in Office Suites? Would it not be better to put the initial efforts into construction a software scaffold as the first fundamental step in building the structure to allow all suites components to be placed upon it from any interested source? While I do not consider myself a competent software architect, conceptually the proposal in the previous sentence seems reasonable. Moreover, it could attract talent that is more attuned to fundamentals of process control, i.e. information exchange rather than the attributes seen in a keystroke binding to an action upon a gui that a class of users expects from an application."
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RE[3]: Reinventing the wheel
by DeadFishMan on Sat 21st Jan 2006 04:20 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Reinventing the wheel"
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And for every one of those, there are hundreds of projects that are duplicates of each other.

How many IM clients are there on SourceForge these days? Is it up to 1000 yet? How many package managers? Have we broken 100? Office "suites"? Shells? Window managers?

Yeah, I know ... it hurts.

I never get tired of using this arguments against dimwits like you, so there you go:

Why there are so many multimedia players for Windows and Mac? Windows Media Player is the best media player in existence as everybody and their dogs know, right? (Yep, now I'm getting ridiculous here... I know...) And as far as Windows is concerned, that's one too many. Right? RIGHT?

The same go to Apple. Let's kill any media player sans Quicktime. Why not? It'll make the noobs lives easier when picking up a media player. Who could possibly need all the features that Quicktime does not offer already? Who, for Christ's sake??? And by the way Apple: pull that iTunes and QuickTime shit that you released for Windows without my prior consent (the horror!), because we already have Windows Media Player.

Let's also tell Corel to pack their baggage and go home, because on the Office suite front, we already got MS Office. Thank you very much. Who needs a WordPerfect Suite? And while we are at it, get that damn Corel Draw Suite with you. Adobe offers everything that we need already.

That's right: Nobody needs Winamp, RealPlayer, Nero Burning ROM, FruitLoops, BSPlayer, etc, etc, etc, because I'm saying so. That's why. Take all that damn options that only confuse this hypotetic newbie that I keep bringing all the time whenever this options subject come up and throw it at Linux land because those idiots love this sort of shit... I mean, if those idiots can cope with KDE (poor bastards!), they surely can take all these extra options that *I* don't need.

We'll let Adobe play on our backyard as long as they behave. I still am not over that Macromedia acquisition thing... Probably they already have software that overlap features from each other. We're going to have a looooong talk later, boy. I mean it.

See how this stupid argument is a double edged sword? Somehow, availability of choice is only a problem when it is related to Linux because everybody knows that MS nor Apple can do no wrong, right? RIGHT?

Edited 2006-01-21 04:22

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