Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Dec 2012 00:32 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Now that the holidays are upon us (happy holidays!) and the year is about to end, we at OSNews thought it time to finally lift the veil a little bit on the next version of OSNews - OSNews 5. I've hinted at this next version of OSNews here and there in the comments, but we think it's time to make it all a little bit more official by taking in some initial feedback.
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RE[9]: Voting down?
by Alfman on Thu 27th Dec 2012 15:39 UTC in reply to "RE[8]: Voting down?"
Alfman
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2011-01-28

Laurence,

"Sadly OSNews isn't without its bias, and that bias (bar a few examples) tends to be anti-Apple and anti-MS. In fact just anti-corporations in general."

Yes, there's a share of fanboys as well. Sometimes it's difficult to legitimately criticise certain companies without being labelled anti-company. It's difficult to enjoy a pragmatic discussion when one side is so religious over technology companies.

But like you said, there's no reason to believe osnews is different in these regards to other places on the internet.

Edited 2012-12-27 15:43 UTC

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RE[10]: Voting down?
by Laurence on Thu 27th Dec 2012 16:31 in reply to "RE[9]: Voting down?"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26


Yes, there's a share of fanboys as well. Sometimes it's difficult to legitimately criticise certain companies without being labelled anti-company. It's difficult to enjoy a pragmatic discussion when one side is so religious over technology companies.

But like you said, there's no reason to believe osnews is different in these regards to other places on the internet.


Sometimes it feels like some of the criticisms against said corporations border on the fanatical as well. After all, it's all very good and well being open minded to the numerous 'alternative' options available but if you're also close minded about the good products on offer from the larger commercial outfits then you're really little better than the fanboys.

This is why I struggle to take people like RMS seriously. I admire his vision and contributions to the open source community, but his world view is so polarised that I think he misses the practical implications in the real world.

To put it another way, I might choose to write me CV in LibreOffice and distribute it as a PDF, but if a potential employer asked for a copy in OOXML, then I wouldn't think twice about converting it into an MS Office document; regardless of my personal opinion of Microsoft.

I think having an open mind is having the ability to concede that the less idealogical solution is sometimes the better solution.

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RE[11]: Voting down?
by Alfman on Thu 27th Dec 2012 16:56 in reply to "RE[10]: Voting down?"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

Laurence,

Yea, I wish more people were well balanced instead of always being one-sided. But alas, people are what they are. We often focus too much on disagreements.


"I think having an open mind is having the ability to concede that the less ideological solution is sometimes the better solution."


I agree entirely, it makes very little sense to argue over ideologies since everyone has their own personal preferences, experience & requirements. It's a problem when anyone insists on imposing their ideological views on others. If all discussions could remain pragmatic, there'd be much less infighting, and that'd be much more enjoyable.

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RE[11]: Voting down?
by kwan_e on Fri 28th Dec 2012 01:39 in reply to "RE[10]: Voting down?"
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

This is why I struggle to take people like RMS seriously. I admire his vision and contributions to the open source community, but his world view is so polarised that I think he misses the practical implications in the real world.

To put it another way, I might choose to write me CV in LibreOffice and distribute it as a PDF, but if a potential employer asked for a copy in OOXML, then I wouldn't think twice about converting it into an MS Office document; regardless of my personal opinion of Microsoft.

I think having an open mind is having the ability to concede that the less idealogical solution is sometimes the better solution.


Why do you think RMS would be against that? I'm pretty sure he's said on a few occasions that it is necessary to deal with proprietary formats.

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