Hang on a minute
I have a question to ask of all you people who disagree with this article. How many of you record a song that you like from the radio? How many of you record a movie from the television? How many of you have bought a "cheap" video or CD from a market stall?
Recording something onto tape is the same principal as recording music from the Internet onto your PC. It makes no difference as to whether the source paid for the music or not. Incidentally, Napster do not distribute the music, they merely provide the software that gives you access to it. I don't see Metallica suing the radio manufacturers because I may have recorded one of their songs from the radio, yet they get annoyed with Napster doing essentially the same thing.
For a song to become an MP3, it must have either been originally recorded as one, or, a CD must be decoded. This then must mean that someone BOUGHT a CD and recorded it onto their PC at some point. So, when you download or "record" an MP3 from someone on Napster, there is a damn good chance that the person you are downloading it from has paid for it. Hmm, this sounds like radio....
A prime example of this, is 90% of my MP3 collection is encoded from CDs I have already bought. So therefore, I have paid for it, thus the same principle applies to me being on Napster as it does to the radio, no? And before I get told that I probably didn't pay as much as radio stations do for my music, well Napster doesn't have as large an audience as radio either.
I have just read your article, and this is not a flame. In fact, I wholeheartedly agree.
Development for Open Source has almost ground to a halt. Development for Linux is even worse, with 3/4 functional USB only just becoming available in the latest kernel. Plug and play is still sketchy, and very little interfacing with todays commercial leaders.
Where is the mail client with an Exchange Client plugin? I find it hard to believe that Microsoft would deny this privelidge, mainly for the bad press they'd get. What about a half decent browser? Netscape is slow and bulky at the best of times, Lynx not cutting it with todays web sites. Opera would seem to be a hope but has still not made it out of alpha test.
Open Source has the potential to obliterate the commercial variants with the stability and power behind the apps and OSes. The developers need to get their finger out, and forget the "Open Source is for experts and needs to be kept complicated" attitude. Make Linux and related products easier to use, and its bye bye Microsoft.
I tell you, the only reason I still use Microsoft products for example, is they do the things I want them to do, easily. Do that on a free operating system for me, and make it legal for me to have it free, then its bye bye MS. In fact, my main OS is now Linux, with vmware loaded for those things I can't do yet.
I do hope to be getting rid of vmware soon ;)