Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 11th Jan 2010 08:10 UTC
Multimedia, AV I followed the hype: Reddit, Slashdot's front page, months of thumbs up on my blog and various video forums by Linux users for OpenShot. Given that I'm longing for a usable Linux video editor since 2003, and given that OpenShot version 1.0 had just been released, I naturally gave it a go, by also downloading its provided dependencies on my Ubuntu Linux 9.10.
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FOSS - be constructive or shut it
by aeischeid on Mon 11th Jan 2010 20:25 UTC
aeischeid
Member since:
2009-05-25

Your review had a tone of being upset - that is totally unjustified. This is code shared with you for free. Be grateful. Your degree of gratefulness can be determined by the quality of the code. I think you should feel free to offer constructive criticism, and some of the concerns you raised are valid, but bring that up from a heart of gratitude, not of indignation. Being mad at this generous contribution to FOSS proves you just don't get it, and would be better off holding your tongue.

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DerGenosse Member since:
2010-01-11

Here's a hint for you. A *user* doesn't give a flying f--k about the code or the quality of it. He doesn't give a damn about all the religious, moralistic, philosophical overtones of Open Source. What he actually cares about is if this software gets the job done or not. It is a downright ludicrous idea to give software leeway or even a free pass when reviewing it, just because it happens to be Open Source software. If you don't want your software to be judged, don't release it. It's that simple.

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aeischeid Member since:
2009-05-25

I am not saying you have to like the program, just respect the fact that somebody is donating their work and at least giving you the chance to benefit from it. It isn't about a religious devotion to FOSS, or giving bad software a free pass. It's just common courtesy. You don't spit on someone who is being generous. If it is no good, or of no use to you, fine, say so, hopefully with good reasons, but don't be angry and belittle them. Constructive criticism is an essential part of open source development, but the attitude in this review was just mean. So much so that I feel it largely negated any of the legitimate issues the author touched upon.

If you paid for a service or product it makes sense be upset if reasonable expectations aren't meant. Not so with free stuff. I feel like the writers for a site like this should get that.

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tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

Here's a hint for you. A *user* doesn't give a flying f--k about the code or the quality of it. He doesn't give a damn about all the religious, moralistic, philosophical overtones of Open Source. What he actually cares about is if this software gets the job done or not. It is a downright ludicrous idea to give software leeway or even a free pass when reviewing it, just because it happens to be Open Source software. If you don't want your software to be judged, don't release it. It's that simple.


Agreed. Nobody should ever blame or criticize users for finding defects in software. As for features, software can always be improved.

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