Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 12th Apr 2005 16:15 UTC
Editorial Being the best doesn't always mean being the most popular. We all know of many inferior products that are immensely, sometimes perplexingly, popular. However, this does not mean that one must forsake the pursuit of excellence when pursuing a broad market share. As proponents of open source software, it should not be beneath us to pursue popularity or to look to proprietary developers as examples. And by following the right examples, we can help spread the usage of open source software without sacrificing the goal of software excellence, says NewsForge.
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That is the point.....
by neopara on Wed 13th Apr 2005 06:29 UTC

That is the point of opensource, the source code is open to support integration. Granted it is not all there, but at the same time there is more. Like rhythembox turning down the volume when your phone rings (via modem).All these proprietary frameworks that are made for integration fail because the companies hide their api or charge money for it. The source is the best framework for integration.

Here is a cool idea, mix apt-get/emerge/yum with dashboard. So when you visit a application website, dashboard will notify you that apt-get has the app in it's repository. Source code allows you to do this, but being a third party doesn't. You will have to wait for microsoft to implement the framework. I pefer not to wait and just do it. In microsoft land you are always at their mercy.

One more thing, fuck companies that want to put their proprietary apps on linux. GPL (this includes linux kernel) was started for freedom and openness. Why are all these people coming to linux now and want to change this? If you like closed commercial apps then stay with Windows. It really pisses me off when I hear Free Software/Open Source extremist from people that have been using linux for 1-2 years. Again if you don't believe in gpl then don't use it, but the linux kernel is one of them.