[OT] Funny folk joining Yahoo Groups
scott at cdroo.com
Wed Jul 25 14:45:52 EDT 2007
----- Original Message -----
From: "Richmond Mathewson" <geradamas at yahoo.com>
> I couldn't agree with you more. I cannot, for the life of me understand
> why folks who don't want to spend
> money behave so stupidly when there is a Free alternative to proprietary
> software and OS-s:
Probably because most people lack the skills and or smarts to install and
> Whenever I install an OS on a client's computer (whatever the OS) I
> install those 3 as standard; stops he piratically inclined Bulgarians dead
> in their
> piratical tracks: no keygens, no cracks, no funny CDs from funny places,
> NO MONEY.
There are three probems with free software as I see it.
1. I'ts unsustainable. No income = no future - ulitmately for anthing
other than a large or widely uses application. Audacity doesn't come even
10% close to, say, Sonar (which I use weekly for voice over and music
2. Choice simply is not there. Niche products are rare in open source and
free stuff. Sure there are exceptions - but they are exceptions.
3. Market economics. Critical mass ultimately makes free software (if
widespread) a dead end as there simply is no money in it. Money makes the
world go round - and I wouldn't have it any other way! ;-)
There is also the issue of comparitive features, GUI design (or lack there
of) and so on.
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