Re: [hackers-il] Are we stressing the free software ideology too much?
- On Sat, 1 Nov 2003, Orna Agmon wrote:
> On Sat, 1 Nov 2003, Gabor Szabo wrote:I never said the open-souce nature of a software is not a technical
> > [Long message by Gabor snipped]
> If I have the choice between using two identical softwares, one GPLed and
> the other propraitory, I would choose the GPLed I would even choose the
> GPLed when it is slightly inferior.
advantage. It is, in a way. However, it is not always enough to make it
more superior, at present, to its closed source equivalents. (at least not
in the eyes and needs of many people).
> That is because I do not measure programs only by their features, but byOf course, this is one reason a person may wish not to use a proprietary
> their bugs. I know I may find a bug someday, or need a feature, or need it
> to work on a new platform. I do not want to find myself with a hole inside
> my chain of tools, in a couple of years. But of course, if someone does
> not mind throwing away all one has written, to be replaced by another
solution. Of course, this is a generalization. Some proprietary vendors
listen to their customers needs, fix bug quickly, release often, and also
implement new features that these customers wish for. OTOH, some open
source developers are very anti-pathic, do nothing with bug reports, and
are reluctant to implementing new features in their software on their
user's request. It even happened to me once that a patch I sent to a
software which added some essential features, was rejected on the spot by
its developer and maintainer. (and I'm sure it did not cause it to be much
slower or whatever).
I don't know if the situation is better among open source developers or
among proprietary vendors. But of course, in open source you can always
fork the code, which is not possible in proprietary software.
> Orna.Heh heh. With Shrinkwrap software like the open source software I write,
>  I write scientific programs. I intend them to last years. In a certain
> speech, on January 9th 2003, In the IBM GNU/LINUX day, some lecturer said
> that scientists write program for single use only.
the intention for them is to last forever, or at least until the
underlying technologies below them are replaced by something completely
different. Some software in the UNIX world is already a few decades old,
and is still actively used a lot.
Shlomi Fish shlomif@...
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