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

From: David Kastrup <dak@email-addr-hidden>
Date: Tue Feb 21 2006 - 19:04:28 EET

Tim Goetze <tim@email-addr-hidden> writes:

> [Pete Bessman]
>>the salient point is that Chris stipulated that proprietary software
>>producers *aren't* evil! The only way they can be evil is if you
>>stipulate a moral code which dictates as much.
> I keep a good 150 or so .arr files around, stemming from the late 80s,
> early 90s, back when I used to do MIDI-only work with Cubase on an ST.
> A few years ago, I wanted to revisit/-edit my music from that time.
> So I turned to Steinberg to help me in decoding the files. The short
> version: I asked for file format docs, they said "Buy the latest
> Cubase instead", I said "What would I run it on?", they said "Mac or
> Win", I said "I own neither and don't plan to", they said "Then you're
> SOL".
> I don't know about you, but denying me unfettered access to my very
> own data certainly meets my definition of "evil".

Not mine. It is not like they promised you anything or that they'd be
obliged to help you out. They are not a charity. That's one of the
reasons why using nonfree software is a bad idea. It reduces you to
begging, and that's not a good position to be in, regardless of
whether the person you need to beg from is goodwilled or not. The
price to get the source may be higher: in developers you pay, in work
you invest yourself. But it means that you still have the option to
take your business elsewhere if necessary.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum
Received on Sun Feb 26 20:18:00 2006

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