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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@Darius
by A nun, he moos on Sat 18th Dec 2004 02:45 UTC

Seems someone wanted to underline our discussion as to how there are trolls on both sides of the fence. We obviously have both a anti-OSS troll and an anti-Windows one (well, anti-Lumbergh, really, but Lumbergh's bias is quite obvious).

Good, the balance is preserved! :-)

I must say, however, that Lumbergh himself borders on being a troll, mischaracterizing how OSS is developed (most important OSS projects have paid employees, and some are more disciplined than if they had a manager breathing down their neck). In fact, a recent article underlined how few bugs the Linux kernel has per 1,000 lines of code, way under the average for "commercial" software. (Although that is code quality, not necessarily app quality.)

I just wanted to add to your idea that people should use the best app...the problem is that the quality of an application is a subjective thing. Some people keep using crappy apps because they know them well, others won't link powerful apps because the UI doesn't have enough eye candy, etc. We've discussed how I feel that Directory Opus is, for my use, not as good as Konqueror (though both kick Explorer's arse), but I can completely understand why someone would feel differently (it doesn't really matter, because they don't run on the same platform anyway).

If I was mostly doing sound design and/or video editing, I would certainly use a Mac (ProTools and Final Cut Pro are, in my view, superior to the competition), but then again someone could make a masterpiece using Premiere (heck, someone could make a masterpiece using Video Toaster on an Amiga...)

What I'm trying to say is that how we appreciate apps is quite subjective. Now, you may think that you are very rational in your approach, but it's clear from reading your posts that you have a bit of a bias. Rather than try to deny it, you should acknowledge it, just like I acknowledge mine. What OS we use and what app we use as much a matter of personal taste as it is of objective quality.

And trolls do suck - both the anti-Linux and the anti-Windows kind. I have actually nothing against Windows (though I have plenty against Microsoft), I just prefer Linux and I am able to do everything I need using it.

Let's all agree that diversity is good, and that a monopoly is bad, and maybe we'll put an end to these useless flame wars.

Well, one can dream, right?