Re: [linux-audio-dev] Re: [linux-audio-user] Re: Free Software vs. Open Source: Where do *you* stand?

From: David Kastrup <dak@email-addr-hidden>
Date: Tue Feb 21 2006 - 15:08:43 EET

Hannu Savolainen <hannu@email-addr-hidden> writes:

> On Mon, 20 Feb 2006, David Kastrup wrote:
>> Well, then they might have some expectation to be able to use it, no?
>> Without the ability to adapt the software to different devices or
>> applications, or fix errors (or pay someone to do that), the software
>> is crippled in its usefulness.
> Usually software companies take care of fixing the errors themselves. If
> they fail to fix them then you have the right to get your money back.

Oh nonsense. Time to read those license agreements again, I guess.

> Yes. If you don't want to pay anything for software your only choice
> is to get some morally clean free sofware with no other
> documentation than the source code. This works well if you are a
> programmer and have enough spare time to find out how the source
> code works.

Who is talking about not paying?

> However for large majority of computer users this free model doesn't
> work at all. They simply don't have any capability to modify or even
> understand the source code. In fact they don't even know what source
> code means.

Like the average consumer who has a circuit diagram in his appliance.
The point is that this makes it possible to get it serviced by
somebody knowledgable in the trade.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum
Received on Sun Feb 26 20:17:52 2006

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