Thoughts on open source

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Poll: For or against open source software (90 member(s) have cast votes)

For or Against

  1. For (84 votes [93.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 93.33%

  2. Against (1 votes [1.11%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.11%

  3. Doesn't matter (5 votes [5.56%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.56%

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#1 markhazlett9   User is offline

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Thoughts on open source

Post icon  Posted 27 January 2009 - 07:23 PM

Alright everyone, I'm going to see Richard Stallman speak next week and as many of you probably know he is very radical for the open source software movement. I'm wondering, with you being a programmer, your thoughts on open source software. Are you for it? Against? or in the middle? Explain...
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Posted 27 January 2009 - 07:24 PM

Yay Stallman!
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Re: Thoughts on open source

Posted 27 January 2009 - 07:31 PM

View Postno2pencil, on 27 Jan, 2009 - 06:24 PM, said:

Yay Stallman!



Now I agree with Stallman to some level... However, I don't think his theory would be totally functional... i mean open source software is good, but I can't see that many programmers programming for no profit.
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Posted 27 January 2009 - 07:41 PM

Open Source does not necessarily have to be free software.

I voted for...

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Re: Thoughts on open source

Posted 27 January 2009 - 07:43 PM

View PostNykc, on 27 Jan, 2009 - 06:41 PM, said:

Open Source does not necessarily have to be free software.

I voted for...


But then again, how can someone make a profit with it?
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Re: Thoughts on open source

Posted 27 January 2009 - 07:57 PM

I voted for, as I believe in it, but I also strongly believe an individual or company should be able to build closed source software as well. Up to the individual or company...everyone has a choice. That's what I believe (I've done both), not what Stallman does. Saw him a few years ago...he reminded me of the aggressively drunken guy at any given bar...you're pretty sure he's not going to jump you, but you keep an eye on him anyway.
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Re: Thoughts on open source

Posted 27 January 2009 - 07:58 PM

You can include the source in the software bundle. Offer paid support, there are lots of ways one could profit off open source. Open Source and Free Software are two different models depending on the creators intent.

http://news.cnet.com..._3-5216387.html

There are hundreds of strategies that you can incorporate to profit from Open Source.

Commercial Licensing especially.

BTW - that google bar in your sig needs to be a t-shirt.

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Re: Thoughts on open source

Posted 27 January 2009 - 07:58 PM

View Postmarkhazlett9, on 27 Jan, 2009 - 09:43 PM, said:

View PostNykc, on 27 Jan, 2009 - 06:41 PM, said:

Open Source does not necessarily have to be free software.

I voted for...


But then again, how can someone make a profit with it?

Support and maintenance.
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Posted 27 January 2009 - 08:00 PM

I voted for, as I use tons of open source projects, & even started one.

I've also sold a closed source piece of software that I required a software copyright for.
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Posted 27 January 2009 - 08:02 PM

I'm for open source code. Learning is great, everybody benefits (even if you're the one who'd benefit the most had you kept it non-open sourced).
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Posted 27 January 2009 - 08:10 PM

Commonly used libraries should be open source, applications (freeware and shareware/ the sort) should also be open source, but if you are selling it for money it should be paid software.

So, my ideology doesn't really fit into either category...
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Re: Thoughts on open source

Posted 27 January 2009 - 08:15 PM

Open Source.

I use open source as much as I can. I've written some in the past. A dinky little bootstrap program I wrote five years ago still ships on every Ubuntu CD; that's kinda cool.

I've seen a fair amount of proprietary code that's absolute crap. But no one expected anyone else to see it and figured the job was done "good enough." Open source, if nothing else, puts good enough under the scrutiny of many eyes. It's really hard to argue with that.

In historical terms, open source is the Renaissance; closed source is the guild system that stifled Europe for half a millennium.
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Posted 27 January 2009 - 08:27 PM

Interesting theories... considering maintenance is supposed to compromise the most profit.
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Re: Thoughts on open source

Posted 27 January 2009 - 08:39 PM

I think people should get paid for their good work.
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Re: Thoughts on open source

Posted 27 January 2009 - 08:44 PM

View PostKYA, on 27 Jan, 2009 - 07:39 PM, said:

I think people should get paid for their good work.



I see "Good" being bolded there
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