Linked by David Adams on Fri 17th Dec 2004 18:20 UTC, submitted by jeanmarc
Editorial The real heart of open source lies in its potential to be greater than the sum of its parts, the capacity to leverage the talent and abilities of an entire community of developers and users who are striving towards a common goal, according to an editorial at Linux Insider.
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RE: Only one problem
by JS on Fri 17th Dec 2004 18:37 UTC

I agree. While I think Open Source's real strength is the community I also find the thing that turns me off open source (Linux in general) is a subset of the community. I think it's a case of the people really doing the best for the community don't bother being very vocal, yet the OSS zealots tend to troll boards clogging intelligent discussions with Anti-M$ rants, and tends to do a lot of damage. While there are Windows zealots who do the same it's rare to go to a Linux discussion site and find a lot of Windows lovers posting bad things about Linux yet you can go to a Windows discussion site and see a lot of Linux/OSS lovers out there just trolling around. An example would be a posting about a vulnerability in Windows and you look at comments and the only comments you see are

"Doesn't affect me, I use Linux"

"OSS rules, Window$ suxors"

While these guys are a small subset of the community, they tend to have the most time on their hands to troll around making the community seem like a bunch of childish idiots.