[Ilugc] change in name
- From: bga@xxxxxxxx (BGanesh)
- Date: Thu, 19 Sep 2002 13:17:21 -0400
This is getting more and more interesting and has good potential for a
Proprietary software is evil in that it is leading users' to a deadly
and one-way trap (lock-in) and that users' once they fall into this
bottom-less pit cannot extricate themselves. Proprietary software
keeps you chained to their products and the lock-in achievement is a
perfect bonus for these guys. You become dependent on them for each
and every fix/feature and you will be forced even to mortgage your
house just to read and make copies of the `land record' on which your
house is built.
I have been using proprietary software for a while now, and am quite aware of
some of the issues you raise. However, you seem to have taken the extreme
view; not all proprietary s/w companies are as bad as you make them out to
be. Also, Free/free software are not yet in any position to replace some of
the existing good Proprietary software. Examples, you say. We use a film
compositing software called "Inferno" from Discreet Logic. There isn't
/anything/ that even comes close to this in free/Free world. The Gimp is good
enough in most cases, but there are times Photoshop is the king of the
hill... We have good support contracts with the vendors, and all issues are
dealt with within the terms of those.
Users' like you are not knowing the consequences fully
Care to explain who "Users' like you" are? And why you deem us blissfully
ignorant of the "consequnces" ?
and I request
that you come over to Kerala and see for yourself the harm that
proprietary software is causing....
Well, two things : a) If the Govt of Kerala screwed up, tough. They should
have read the fine print. Or should have bothered to ask the community on
whose behalf they were acting. Or maybe they majority of them voted
proprietary (tyranny of the majority sucks now doesn't it), just like the
most vocal group here wil vote "Free only". Nobody twisted their arm to buy
proprietay s/w. b) I would be happy to learn from the experience to avoide
commiting the same mistakes elsewhere.
very soon college students would
land up behind bars for unauthorized copying of software, they are
just doing a normal thing for helping themselves
Nope they aren't. If you do not like the terms under which the software is
sold you are free to walk away, no questions asked. I do not say they must be
jailed for so trivial an offence, but this is a matter to be taken up with
the people in charge of the situation.
and you are endorsing
the viewpoint that copying of a software is like boarding a ship and
I will take Suraj's comment on this, and just say that both of you have
managed to tar the entire community of Proprietary software developers with
the same brush.
I volunteer to bear your entire trip expense to Kerala and back.
No thanks, but I would definitely like to hear about the details on what is
going on, this might be a very learning experience for al of us. If there is
something we can do to help, I am sure we will.
We will find a way, or we will make one - Hannibal
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