Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 22nd Nov 2011 21:39 UTC
Windows The Windows 8 blog has a post about the improvements in Windows 8's installation process. "For Windows 8, our goal was to continue to improve reliability while also improving the installation experience and raw performance. Not only did we want it to be rock solid, but also faster and easier to use." Thankfully, the features us geeks like are still there.
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RE[4]: "us geeks?"
by ngaio on Wed 23rd Nov 2011 19:14 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: "us geeks?""
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No, I'm focusing on the socioeconomic aspects of proprietary software. Maybe you simply don't care economic inequality? Maybe you don't care about other people just as long as you're ok? Keep your head in the sand if you like.

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RE[5]: "us geeks?"
by BluenoseJake on Wed 23rd Nov 2011 23:38 in reply to "RE[4]: "us geeks?""
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I make money when I write software. It doesn't make me rich. Why don't u just go straight to hell. I do not ascribe to your twisted view of software, either Open or Closed. Is Red Hat immoral for making billions off of Free Software? Grow up.

I care about people deeply actually, I don't think Free software is even close to an answer for the worlds problems, there are many, many more issues that need to be dealt with, global warming, Women's rights, Cancer, AIDS, world hunger, oppression of minorities.

Like I said in my previous post. Your priorities are messed up, and your perspective is skewed, perhaps it's because you have it to good yourself?

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RE[6]: "us geeks?"
by ngaio on Wed 23rd Nov 2011 23:58 in reply to "RE[5]: "us geeks?""
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Why are you ultra-defensive? Do you actually write a commercial OS for a living? Probably not. In that case try to broaden your perspective and understand the needs of others.

Let's go with the Red Hat vs. Microsoft example. Supposing a relatively impoverished state government in let's say India wants to run a bunch of servers. With Red Hat / Linux they can poke under the hood. They can modify the code. They can go with a Red Hat solution and pay for it, or they can go with another Linux solution and roll their own. They can educate their university students in how to run it and pull it apart and innovate. That's the value of freedom. It means they can spend money on stuff that matters instead of lining the pockets of Gates, Allen and other obscenely rich folks.

Do you honestly have a problem with that? Do you understand how far $100,000 can go in a place like India, or most of the rest of the world for that matter? Have you seen the budget constraints facing small businesses and state and national governments that serve the vast majority of the world's population?

As a thought experiment, try to think what the world would be like if there was no free software, no GPL, and the only way anyone could legally use any software is to license it at terms grossly advantageous to some of the wealthiest people in the entire history of humanity.

That's what we're talking about.

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