Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd May 2009 13:58 UTC, submitted by shaneco
GNU, GPL, Open Source Keith Curtis worked at Microsoft for 11 years, coding on Windows, Office, and at Microsoft's research department, before leaving the Redmond giant. Call it a revelation, call it giving in to the devil's temptations, but he's now a complete open source and Linux advocate, and in his new book, "After the Software Wars", he explains why open source will prevail against Microsoft's proprietary model.
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Comment by stanbr
by stanbr on Fri 22nd May 2009 18:19 UTC
stanbr
Member since:
2009-05-22

I think its really simple: in the end, the best solution for the end user will win. And im pretty sure this solution will be FLOSS. Why? Just look at how a person install a proprietary software on his computer:
-search at the web;
-buy online or at a store;
-PAY for it;
-use some weird install process, probably next-next-next;
-register it;
-pray for registration to work ok;
-use it.

And here is how you do it with open source:
-search for it under your repository;
-click install;
-the system will download and install it;
-use it.

The second approuch is better and will win in the end. Period.

FLOSS rlz \o/

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RE: Comment by stanbr
by dagw on Fri 22nd May 2009 18:40 in reply to "Comment by stanbr"
dagw Member since:
2005-07-06

That has nothing at all to do with FLOSS vs Proprietary. Take the iPhone for example, it offers a very easy to use central install system, yet is also completely closed

And you're confusing the issue by mixing in payment. There is plenty of closed source software you don't have to pay for or register, some of it is even available via the software distribution method of popular FLOSS operating systems.

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RE[2]: Comment by stanbr
by Moulinneuf on Fri 22nd May 2009 19:53 in reply to "RE: Comment by stanbr"
Moulinneuf Member since:
2005-07-06

yet is also completely closed


http://developer.apple.com/iphone/

I guess reality disagree with you ... iPhone is *controlled* and proprietary , but their are hundred of other company working on it's code.

Edited 2009-05-22 19:54 UTC

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