>>>>> "JC" == Jerry Connolly <jerry.connolly at eircom.net> writes:
JC> Paul J Collins said the following on Fri, Feb 23, 2001 at 11:16:13PM +0000,
JC> The usefulness of the other architectures is not harmed in
JC> that you can still do everything you could do before the
JC> proprietry software release.
>> That is exactly the wrong way to look at it. If everyone
>> thought like that, Linux would never have moved beyond being a
>> tool for Linus to learn the 386.
JC> We're not talking about everyone, we're talking about
JC> proprietry software producers. Their goals are not
JC> necessarily the same as the open source developers.
Most decidely so. Their goals are to make lots of money while
restricting users' freedom.
JC> Do you think that being considered an appropriate platform for
JC> serious software development is a bad thing for Linux? I.e,
JC> it should move beyond being a tool for Linus to learn the 386,
JC> but not that far beyond?
Your use of the term "serious software development" to describe
production of proprietary software suggests that free software
developers are somehow *not*. It is offensive.
Suggesting that becoming a platform for proprietary software
development is somewhow a progression is doubly so.
>> If you think that Linux is about fewer crashes and that free
>> software is about singing songs and holding hands, off with
JC> If (as you seem to be suggesting), people should be relying on
JC> waiting for a free alternative to a piece of proprietry
JC> software, then I feel that I may as well be singing songs and
JC> holding hands.
You are in good company.
Starving artists queue here.
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