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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@ A nun, he moos
by altair on Sat 18th Dec 2004 19:53 UTC

No it's not Apples to oranges. I like most closed source licenses. I am going to graduate soon and closed source licenses make my future job worth more. I don't mind the BSD license because it's able to be used in other things with the freedom for those people to choose what license they want to use. I do not like the GPL because it does not have this freedom.

Also as to the Linux kernel, there is this thing called readability. Having a CHECK_MAGIC macro that is used is a WTF moment when trying to understand the code. I'm sorry if you don't agree with me but the writing style and variable naming inside the kernel does not lend itself to easy understanding.

If you want my view on licensing here it is: I don't care about the politics of software. I just want the best program for the specific task(s). The only time that a license matters is if I can't install it on all of my computers and it is too expensive to actually buy 2-3 copies of. This has really only been a problem with some of Microsoft's activation programs (Windows XP, Visual Studio .net). Luckily because I am a student I get those for free due to the MS Academic Alliance.

Also I don't have the time to mess around with source code to a program in order to get it to suit my needs. I also don't like editing text files to change the options. I even don't like firefox's having to use "about config" in order to access the option to turn off that annoying accellerated scrolling.