Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Aug 2009 22:23 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source When Windows Vista was launched, the Free Software Foundation started its BadVista campaign, which was aimed at informing users about what the FSF considered user-restrictive features in Vista. Luckily for the FSF, Vista didn't really need a bad-mouthing campaign to fail. Now that Windows 7 is receiving a lot of positive press, the FSF dusted off the BadVista drum, and gave it a fresh coat of paint.
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RE[3]: Why?
by boldingd on Thu 27th Aug 2009 18:13 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Why?"
boldingd
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2009-02-19

I'm using Ubuntu on my lap-top (and I game under WINE just fine... well, not "just fine," I admit, but well enough). I dual-boot my home machine, Vista and Slackware. I've tried, and regularly make use of, both open- and closed-source products. And I am faaaar from the only person who can say that.

You are absolutely correct that closed-source software distribution is not inherently bad, and that both closed- and open-source software can coexist. You're definitely not the only person who realizes it, tho. Hell, probably any BSD-license advocate would agree with you completely.

Edited 2009-08-27 18:14 UTC

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RE[4]: Why?
by pjafrombbay on Fri 28th Aug 2009 05:16 in reply to "RE[3]: Why?"
pjafrombbay Member since:
2005-07-31

I probably sounded bitter and twisted in my original post (that's because I am :-) .

I am a retired programmer/manager and love to keep my "hand in" especially with things we couldn't do when I worked (typically big IBM mainframe type shop in government). I am learning Python, PHP, jQuery and even OOrexx when I've got time. I help manage not-for-profit websites and on and on.

Seven years ago (when I retired) Linux looked like a good thing to try. I've got to say that its been an on-going frustration. Printing is one of the major bug-bears. I have a Canon LBP-1210 laser with official Canon driver that simply does not work (well not in any flavour of Ubuntu). I found install processes on the Ubuntu forum (now that really is a great support resource) which would work with one Ubuntu release but not the next. I researched what printer I could buy that would work with no problems with Linux (and that I could easily buy and get consumables for - I live in rural NSW, Australia). I bought a Samsung ML-1740 which worked but produced printed output that looks like an old dot-matrix printer. Very frustrating.

Dial-up Internet used to be a problem until I got an ADSL connection. For my programming I use EditPlus (IMHO THE BEST TEXT EDITOR). Geany is the closest alternative in the Linux world but not as good. I am extremely productive in EditPlus (I know it inside out) so am reluctant to change. Tried Wine but had problems. Tried the commercial version and that worked but there are issues with a Windows text editor on Linux.

The straw that broke the camels back so to speak was trying the change the wallpaper in Xubuntu 9.04 (trivial I hear you say). I installed Xubuntu over Windows 7 RC pending the release of Ubuntu 9.10 because I read a good review. (Actually Xubuntu is cr*p - not as good as proper Ubuntu.) Back to the wallpaper, there are ten or twenty pre-installed wallpapers. I went to load in several of my favourite motorcycle wallpapers (I ride a Honda CB900F Hornet in case you couldn't tell). Xubuntu allows me to add two or three then starts deleting them. I will fix you I thought, I found the location of the pre-installed wallpapers and (logged in as SUDO) deleted them and coppied my motorcycle wallpapers into the same folder. Now I can only get ONE (Xfce) wallpaper - I can't change it or add any new wallpapers. I know its trivial but its the end for me.

I will give Google ChromeOS a try when its released but probably never bother with other Linux distros again. Life is simply too short.

Sorry about the rant.
Peter

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