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Alan Cox on open-source development vs. proprietary development
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| When you release a free software project, you do things in a different order.
| Firstly, you get some code. Hopefully, it just about works. And you document
| it as "Needs fixing, needs this, needs that."
| But most free software code, to get other people involved in the project, it
| has to work. It doesn't matter if it's hard to compile. It doesn't matter if
| it only works on one machine in five. And it doesn't matter if it eats the
| data file every so often. So long as sometimes, the right results happen,
| people will start to pick up the project and use it. They start to use it,
| and then they have to fix it.
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on Thu, 25 Oct 2007 10:58:37 -0400
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And people wonder why anyone even pays attention to you.
Of course, these sort of vague, unsubstantiated statements
are why we get suspicious.
 What did Alan Cox claim?
 Why did he claim it?
 Did he give specific examples? If not, he's no better than
some of the Wintrools on this newsgroup. To be sure, I
suspect he had some ideas in mind -- and one of the more
interesting tests for GNU software is throwing random
data (/dev/random / /dev/urandom) at it, to see whether it
blows up in interesting ways. Of course part of the reason
that test works at all is because of a very stupid design
decision (in retrospect) regarding Unix/C strings -- strings
in VMS, for example, use an 8-byte descriptor, indicating
length, type (it's a string, of course), and address.
 What have you claimed?
 Did you give specific examples?
For instance, one might claim that the MS Office "ribbon"
GUI is superior to the fairly boring, conventional GUI
expressed in OpenOffice (one can jazz the latter up a bit
by flipping on the "Tools > Gallery" setting, which allows
for, among other things, parquet flooring, various weaves,
coffee bean bullets, green-and-yellow striped rulers,
and an orange slice, but it's not even close to the same
functionality -- though it might be more useful).
Another claim is that MS Office is more interoperable.
This may very well be true, only because everyone
uses Microsoft Word format to transport their
documents, as MS Word format is more convenient than a
multipart/alternate Email format including .xml, .xsl,
and .css files, along with attached images; or one can
have the recipient manually unpack such by sending .zip
or .tgz payloads, but with MS Word, one merely needs to
double-click -- which brings one to mind the latter part of
-- requires Java, and I'm glad someone's immortalized this;
it's still pretty funny. Note the imaginative if crude icons.
A relatively new .odt form is now possible as well, for those
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