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: Michael Wassil
by Darius on Fri 17th Dec 2004 22:15 UTC

The author is stating his opinion that all other things being equal, the open source, community model has greatly more potential than the closed, monopoly model of development.

Of course, all things usually aren't equal though ;) Anyway, I think it's a bit unfair to refer to any closed-source development effort as 'monopolistic' .. at lot of the programs I use were developed by shareware authors who are just trying to make an honest buck.

It can be more responsive and lead to more creative interaction between developers and the mass of users than the closed, monopoly model. I think he's correct.

That is entirely subjective. I've gotten a great deal of response and feature requests added from some closed source developers, but others not so much. IMHO, making a comment like the above is just too generalized.

Granted, that is a worthy cause, and I will certainly donate money, time, and support to such things. But I will not use inferior software to do it.

I will support any application I use. Even if it is free - if the developers ask users to donate a few bones to support the project, I don't have a problem with that. But I don't feel inclined to support apps that I do not feel are worth of use on my part.