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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by altair on Sat 18th Dec 2004 08:32 UTC

@A nun, he moos
"In any case, GPL is freer than proprietary code - so I guess you and Lumbergh must hate proprietary code most of all, because it is a lot more restrictive than the GPL..."

No, I use whatever program accomplishes a certain task or set of tasks as quickly, painlessly, and intuitively as possible regardless of the license. I just don't like it when people say that the GPL is equal to other licenses in "freedom." I do tend to run "proprietary" programs more often then open source ones because the tend to be better. OSS software that i'm running right now: Adium, Firefox, Eclipse, Snes9X(?), bash.


"Well, at least you don't hide your bias. However, saying that "Linux is the ugliest thing on this planet" isn't much of an argument - especially since researchers found that the bug/line of code ratio was exceptionally low for the Linux kernel. I guess you must think bugs are beautiful."
Not being buggy and having readable code are two very different though not mutually exclusive things. I can prove that the Linux code is ugly. Here is a line that I came across in my class when we implemented the 2.6 kernel into the 2.4 kernel for an ipaq:
#define CHECK_MAGIC(x)
do {
if ((x) != (long)&(x)) {
printk("bad magic %lx (should be %lx), ",
(long)x, (long)&(x));
WQ_BUG();
}
} while (0)

Now we came across this while looking at the kernel waitqueue code and we have no clue what this is actually trying to do and what use it has in the code. Also keep in mind that this is nowhere near the worst code that we came across in our class...

@Lumbergh
"Gtk+ is LGPL. You can release "your" code under any license that you want. The only restrictions you have are if you modify the library code. Your friend was not obligated to release his code under the GPL.

By the way, what does "the protocol" have to do with Gtk+?"
I was referensing the program that I think is called gtetrinet. He did not know the protocol and couldnt find it anywhere else so he had to look at how they did it in gtetrinet.

I have no qualms with the LGPL because it solves the library problem however not everybody uses this which to me seems like an arrogant "haha you can't use me" thing to do.