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 Spinfusor
by Spinfusor on Sat 23rd May 2009 16:59 UTC
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"First, he argues that the open source model leads to better code. He points to Firefox and the Linux kernel as examples of open source delivering greater quality than the proprietary model."

Opera and Mac OS X are two examples of proprietary software that I think are better than their open source equivalents.

Just because Microsoft can't do proprietary software well doesn't mean it can't be done.

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RE: Comment by Spinfusor
by strcpy on Sat 23rd May 2009 17:45 in reply to "Comment by Spinfusor"
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Well said. I would mod you up, but I've trolled enough in this thread ;-).

I think that many so-called "proprietary" development models can be better than the so-called "bazaar" development models. This of course applies also to FOSS: many (most?) projects follow these "proprietary" or "closed" development models more than an occasional observer would realize.

I am firm believer in the idea that small highly skilled and well-managed team of good programmers and engineers can deliver a superior product -- be the code closed, open or "free".

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