There is no easter bunny
haha! well put!
OSS is the "free lunch" that ends up being not so free...
My father, who is a programmer, (has spent his adult life writing software, and owns his own software company.)
has always been baffled by the "open source" movement. He could never understand how these so called
"programmers" that write code for free ha! could ever produce a quality product. Wheres the incentive to release
quality code? It seems like , people producing quality code on open source projects are paid through some sort of corporate funding anyway. A company sees a piece of open source software they like, so they invest in it to transform it into a real product.
When I was younger, I advocated open source software, and linux, but over the years its become more and more apparent how much of a half assed job most of the software does. When it comes down to it, people are most concerned with the software just "working" so they could complete the task at hand. They are not concerned with the "ideals" or licencing issues involved with the software. With open source stuff, the whole "copyleft" mantra comes first. Who cares if the software only half works, or its full of bugs, when its under our god approved wonderlicense, thats the only reason we use it! Time and time again, developers put this above function and feature.
I would dare to say, to most users, they could care less about licensing of their software, costs and ideals are not of much concern, as long as the software does what its supposed to, and does it well, they will pay. This is where the gap between end user and the open soruce developers exists. No incentive to produce quality code, if its going to be forever locked to the ideals of the GPL, the OSS contributor probabally has a day job where he produces that code.
Now, we all have OSS to thank for some things! Nekoware for one.. It has its successful projects. It has attracted the love of the masses, but at the cost of support for other unix variants. It seems as though its reached a status where it has lots of "fanboys" who will support it regardless of its quality. I think its the same buzzword status that drove it into corporate acceptance. It always seemed to me that corporate support for linux must be comming from people who dont understand exactly what it is. It has all the hype, regardless of how well it can deliver on its promises. I guess at the end of the day, its always hard for me to see how its an effective way to develop high quality software. Hell, proprietary unices can always benefit from OSS, as seen by all of the freeware projects for various unices. Why you would want to trust the core programming of an operating system to volunteers? I guess the world has decided for us..
Oh yeah, wheres the developers for our Motif browser?? LOL!
We all want it, but who can/will actually write it ?