Re: Free software is always a good thing
> I don't see the difference between Free
> software for MS Windows and Free
> software for Solaris, AIX or any other
> non-free OS.
It only helps Windows/M$.... read more at this (http://www.fefe.de/nowindows/) web site (I don't completely agree with that but it gives reasons why that person believes the way they do.)
> So I'd say -- go for it. Include all the
> Free Software for Windows you can -- but
> make sure it is *only* free in the sense
> of open source......
> ... oh, and I'd approve of the "My
> Freshmeat" thing, too.
I'd approve too.
Though I do hate M$, I think it's just stubborn to believe GPL is the only way. People can't live off donations back and forth can they? Honestly I don't believe I've heard of many people making a living off a piece of open sourced software. I'll admit there are acceptations, but I'd have to say as a whole it's done for fun, as a hobby, or just to benifit the open source community. I have have basically removed all my old warez software and either found open source replacements or went without. For me price is still a big issue, being a poor college student. I just don't have the money to throw a couple hundred dollars down on a piece of software I don't know if I'll even like or not. I feel I've begun to ramble here. To conclude, open source projects are a beautiful thing. Closed source projects do have their place in the world. Freshmeat and the community can only benefit from having open sourced programs of all platforms, even proprietary platforms. I wasn't born perl scripting in Linux, I started out learning about DOS and programming with DJGPP (the gcc port to dos.) From there I learned about Linux, open source, and the GPL to mention a few things I learned about. Sure you can argue that porting to closed OSes only helps those users stay with that OS but it could also be argued that it brings in just as many people as it keeps away.