Free Linux and OpenOffice - even if your email address doesn't

Chris M chrism3667 at yahoo.com
Sun Aug 31 13:20:13 CDT 2008


but when does someone get the source code for anything, outside of open source warez?
 (curious what open source stuff TD is using...)


--- On Sat, 8/30/08, Tony Duell <ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk> wrote:

> From: Tony Duell <ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk>
> Subject: Re: Free Linux and OpenOffice - even if your email address doesn't
> To: cctalk at classiccmp.org
> Date: Saturday, August 30, 2008, 5:11 PM
> > > Linux $0, *BSD $0, OpenOffice.org $0.  And you
> don't have to be a
> > > student or teacher.  It's the same price no
> matter what TLD your email
> > > address is behind.
> > >
> > 
> > I would disagree with that - nothing is free. My time
> is worth something, 
> > and unless you are volunteering up your free
> > time to support, it ain't free.
> 
> My sanity and stress-level is worth something too. And
> having had 
> dealings with the so-called 'support deparetments'
> of several companies 
> including M$, I have ocme to the conclusion that it's
> quicker and cheaper 
> to support things muself. Although actually, I've found
> the support from 
> the authors of free software to be a lot more helpful in
> solving prolems 
> (whether caused by a bug in their code or not) than any
> company I've had 
> dealings with.
> 
> 
> > Second, I work for a multi-billion dollar company, and
> there is NO WAY on 
> > this earth any minutely-responsible IT
> > department is going to run ANYTHING unsupported in a
> production environment, 
> > especially with SOX and other
> > requirements.
> 
> And there is no way I am going to use anything I can't
> support myself. 
> Which means I won't depend on any hardware I don't
> have full schematics 
> for, I won't depend on any software I don't have
> the source code for. I 
> don;t require it to be 'open', I don't mind if
> the schematics and source 
> are not freely copyable and that I have to pay to get, say,
> a technical 
> manaual containing said schematics.
> 
> -tony


      



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