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: Flawed assumption ...
by Darius on Sat 18th Dec 2004 00:37 UTC

[quote]1)You assume everyone thinks like you. What about people for whom computers are a hobby?[/quote]

Anyone who uses computers as a hobby probably uses them to get work done also - these two uses are not mutually exclusive. Some people may install any and every OS they can get their hands on just to see what they're like. But when it comes to accomplishing specific tasks, they probably have a main OS they normally boot into.

Remember where you are. This isn't nor If you are only interested in the practical aspects of computers and only used closed source (namely Windows0), why come here?

Who says I only use closed source? I am typing this in Firefox at the moment.

2)Also, most OS apps don't have the resources thrown at that them that a corporation can apply to their own projects.

Ok, so what's your point?

3)Most importantly, you must be comparing OS projects to only the best proprietary apps out there because there are a myriad of lousy closed source applications on the market that aren't worth the cardboard box they're stuffed in. Compared to a lot of these, a lot of open source apps are better.

Indeed you are correct. Please keep in mind that I am not a religous person so I don't claim that either model is the true path to God. I simply have a difference of opinion with the author, as I think the functionality of my apps is the single most important aspect of using a computer to get real world tasks done. Personally, I don't really care whether the apps I use are open or closed source. I'd prefer it if they were all free (both as in speech or as in beer), but it makes little difference to me if the apps sucks.