Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th May 2009 19:06 UTC
Linux We all know them. We all hate them. They are generally overdone, completely biased, or so vague they border on the edge of pointlessness (or toppled over said edge). Yes, I'm talking about those "Is Linux ready for the desktop" articles. Still, this one is different.
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RE[3]: Comment by pcunite
by wannabe geek on Tue 19th May 2009 00:55 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by pcunite"
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The feelings I get from others in the Linux community is that because so much of the base (the kernel, libraries, some GUI kits) are free that any attempt by me to charge for an application (which has fewer man hours than the above list) is somehow morally wrong.

Are you familiar with the "GNU" part in "GNU/Linux" ? That's why so many users (me included) are, let's say, somewhat reluctant to the idea of using proprietary software. It's not just that there happens to be a lot of "free" (of charge) material; the whole point of the GNU project is building a free (as in freedom) operating system.

That said, I don't think programmers are particularly to blame. Nearly all the economic sectors where intellectual production is involved are devastated by the obnoxious "intellectual property" concept and legislation. The biggest problem in IT is software patents, which could eventually bring the industry to a standstill.

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