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 Darius on Sun 19th Dec 2004 00:59 UTC

[quote]I do not assume that you represent the anti-Linux crowd, do not assume that I represent the anti-MS crowd. You're starting to sound a little bit arrogant there, my friend.[/quote]

Sorry ... based on your comments, I assumed you didn't like MS ;)

You still don't get it - I have nothing about Microsoft's products, I have someting against Microsoft itself, or more specifically the way it conducts its business by spreading lies and FUD about OSS.

I'm not quite sure, but I assume your end goal is to get Microsoft to be a good corporate citizen. IMHO, the only way they're going to do that is if you can convince people not to use their products (and Windows/Office inparticular). I told you how to go about this in a previous post. If none of that matters to you, then disregard my comments.

> No, I would pick (the apps) by hand.
Well, by hand or at random? You're contradicting yourself.

Sorry, bad choice of wording. I mean random to you because you would not know ahead of time what the apps would be.

> And it has to be the latest version.
Why? I thought what counted was to have the "right tool for the right job"?

Because newer versionos are usually (but not always) better than the older ones. However, if you can provide me sufficient proof (bug reports, usenet post, whatever) that an earlier version is better than the latest one, then that will do.

If you think there is a single way to install software on Windows, then you've got anothing coming. There are dozens of installers (though InstallShield is the most popular one). Even Windows has different installers.

Even with all the installers, it pretty much always works like this: Run the setup, Next, Next, Finish. That works 99% of the time. I don't mind small variations in the Linux install method, so long as I don't have to spend days searching Google when/if something blows up in my face.

I'd love to take your challenge, but unfortunately I must decline as it is much too easy to load the dice in your favor: all you have to do is look throught the distro's software depository and look for an obscure, minor or obsolete app that isn't in it.

To be honest with you, except for Linspire and Xandros, I don't have a clue how to search a distro's repoistory and don't intend on doing so. Anyway, since I won't know ahead of time which distro(s) you will choose, I'm not about to go looking through every damn repository to see what's current and what's not.

Anyway, to you (or anyone else), I won't be checking this thread again so if you want to continue the discussion, email me at this webform:

And we'll talk ;)