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Author Topic: Software is too important to leave to programmers  (Read 1580 times)


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Software is too important to leave to programmers
« on: February 20, 2011, 09:58 PM »
Marco makes the case over at Stop blog that private vs. public demands for software have different needs, i.e., proprietary vs. open formats. Simply put: governments can't ask citizens to buy proprietary software to read public data they've already paid for (through taxes).

He gets letters.
  • trying to write programs or websites “for everybody” is something that requires a lot of development time; therefore, unless the customer paid to have something viewable with any browser/operating system, you do it. Otherwise, you DON’T. You try to make happy the makority of users and who gives a f**k if not all versions of Linux support Vmw (a video format) out of the box. Sure, that’s ugly to say, but that’s the way it goes
  • I don’t even care much for people who use Open Source Software that they didn’t pay and then demand to be treated as those who paid something
  • Here’s a (deliberately) stupid example: if I build my own car myself with my friends, in our spare time, I certainly don’t expect the same performances as an Audi