Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 24th Nov 2012 17:52 UTC
Editorial Do you depend on your computer for your living? If so, I'm sure you've thought long and hard about which hardware and software to use. I'd like to explain why I use generic "white boxes" running open source software. These give me a platform I rely on for 100% availability. They also provide a low-cost solution with excellent security and privacy.
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by Hiev on Sun 25th Nov 2012 15:38 UTC
Hiev
Member since:
2005-09-27

Moving to Open Source software for development is now easier than ever thx to the stantars, but, it doesn't matter if you use open or closed tools, at the end the quality of programmer is what makes the difference.

Edited 2012-11-25 15:39 UTC

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by zhuravlik on Sun 25th Nov 2012 15:54 in reply to "..."
zhuravlik Member since:
2009-08-24

>at the end the quality of programmer is what makes the difference.

Yes, I fully agree with this viewpoint. Just in the closed world this quality dies with programmer, but in the open world it lives forever in publicly available well-written source code or in design principles for which no one will sue anyone else.

"The open" does not mean "open source" always - it is the freedom of choice. You choose proprietary software, if it fits your needs. And you choose free software, where it performs better. And the interoperability and interchangeability is by-design.

Even some proprietary companies live such a way. They just do better than others, and don't sue anyone, and don't restrict user's freedom for choice, because they are sure that their products are awesome, and user will choose their products nevertheless. The programmers actively interoperate with users and community, and they are just proud of their work and work even better.

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by moondevil on Mon 26th Nov 2012 09:38 in reply to "RE: ..."
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

Ever heard of patents and restricted licenses?

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by henderson101 on Mon 26th Nov 2012 16:23 in reply to "RE: ..."
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

Just in the closed world this quality dies with programmer, but in the open world it lives forever in publicly available well-written source code or in design principles for which no one will sue anyone else.


This alone proves you have little knowledge of how real commercial development works in the majority of the business world. Open Source simply doesn't exist in any meaningful way, end of story.

Be aware - open source tools do NOT automatically create open source. e.g. Using Eclipse doesn't create opensource any more than using Visual Studio. Thinking any different is naive.

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by zima on Wed 28th Nov 2012 10:45 in reply to "RE: ..."
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Even some proprietary companies live such a way. They just do better than others, and don't sue anyone, and don't restrict user's freedom for choice, because they are sure that their products are awesome, and user will choose their products nevertheless.

It's not so good, not so easy and simple; there are factors outside of it.

For example Opera - they're among the biggest supporters of open web and so on, Opera desktop browser is much less popular than, say, IE.
Only on mobile it is reversed (mobile versions of Opera enjoying huge adoption, IE hardly registers) ...more ~social factors and dynamics play a role.

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