[kwlug-disc] interesting piece on the power of open source

Raul Suarez rarsa at yahoo.com
Tue Dec 1 13:59:07 EST 2009


Lori,

I think that you are reducing FLOSS to "Desktop Software"

Even then I find a lot of FLOSS software I use to be production quality. There are new things coming all the time, so there will always be something in Beta but at the same time most of the time there is a stable version.

On the desktop, the 70% working is not FLOSS's fault but HW vendor support. As FLOSS is more prevalent, this support is increasing.

We are not there, I think we will never be at a 100% FLOSS just because different people have different value systems. (Read my previous email)

Raul Suarez

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--- On Tue, 12/1/09, Lori Paniak <ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com> wrote:

> From: Lori Paniak <ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com>
> Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] interesting piece on the power of open source
> To: "KWLUG discussion" <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
> Received: Tuesday, December 1, 2009, 1:25 PM
> Let's not get carried away. 
> There are a number of issues that FLOSS
> still has to deal with.  Like the "70% working"
> problem, or the problem
> of support.  Beyond appliances, can FLOSS deliver what
> the retail
> end-user wants, in a way they can stomach?
> 
> Even the most highly polished "retail" FLOSS software comes
> up short on
> important measures such as ease of installation: eg. the
> latest Ubuntu
> release.
> 
> Maybe "open source" will always be a synonym for "perpetual
> beta"?
> That's OK for the lab and server room, but probably not
> good enough for
> Best Buy.
> 
> The success of FLOSS is not a foregone conclusion. 
> There is plenty of
> work to be done.
> 
> 
> On Tue, 2009-12-01 at 13:03 -0500, Robert P. J. Day wrote:
> > "Under the right conditions, open-source will
> eventually dominate a
> > category because it is the most economically efficient
> software model
> > in the world."
> > 
> > http://kellyherrell.wordpress.com/2009/11/30/the-open-source-business-whats-tomorrows-dominance-worth-today/
> > 
> > rday
> > --
> > 
> >
> ========================================================================
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>                
>      Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA
> > 
> >         
>    Linux Consulting, Training and Kernel
> Pedantry.
> > 
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