Originally posted by Dr Tall:
I really want to write a long rant about this, but, as nobody likes rants, and we're already offtopic, I'll try to keep this post as short and reasonable as I can.
Please mods, don't lock the topic yet. I just want to reply once, not start a flame war.
Those who don't know what Open Source Software is: read the Open Source Definition.
"The licenses for most software are designed to take away your freedom to share and change it. By contrast, the GNU General Public License is intended to
guarantee your freedom to share and change free software--to make sure the software is free for all its users."
-- The (url="http://"http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html")GNU General Public license(/url)'s preamble.
Open Source Software has many benefits:
It's available at little or no cost
Anyone can share copies of it with anyone else (e.g. a friend with DSL could burn dialup users a CD)
Anyone can make changes to it and distribute the modified version
It's usually more stable and secure
Bug fixes are spread with amazing speed
Most important (IMHO): IT IS NOT BOUND TO THE FATE OF A COMPANY - ANYONE CAN MAKE THEIR OWN VERSION
For example, if FW were Open Source (don't kill me, ASW!), we could look at the source to really understand what was going on, we could make bug fixes, improvements, translations... maybe even Carbonize it!
How many boards would the mongols hoard if the mongol hordes got bored?
(This message has been edited by aschaaf_86 (edited 07-02-2002).)