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Re: ICQ/AIM/Yahoo! and other closed protocols
> % % As mond sort of pointed out
> % already...
> % %
> % % Could someone please explain to me
> % why
> % % open source developers are so
> % accepting
> % % of these closed protocols? Yeah, I
> % know
> % % I'm biased working on an open one,
> % but I
> % % just want to know. It's not like
> % these
> % % protocols are even really good
> % protocols
> % % or anything - are they just
> % accepted
> % % "because so many people use
> % % them"? You could make the
> % exact
> % % same argument for any other piece
> % of
> % % closed source software. There has
> % be
> % % a better reason than that - what is
> % it?
> % popularity, that is key
> Windows is more popular than Linux. Word
> is more popular than all of the open
> source word processors combined. Yet
> Open Source fans use Linux even when it
> would be easier to use windows.
see it like this: word can be replaced by openoffice/abiword/kword/emacs/whatever (offcourse there is some tradeoff of features since you're running free), Photoshop can be replaced by gimp - a huge tradeoff, but certainly enough for me not doing proffessional art work, the list can go on, I even select my hardware and play 'outdated' games just to stay in wonderful linux - which I don't run for ideological reasons.
however trying to get all my friends (and new friends I meet) to use some akward IM protocol just because it's free (jabber devs, no offence, I haven't tried it) really makes no sense to me - when the only reply I get will be "But ICQ is also free..."
there was some downtime of hem.passagen.se but the link should work now...