Re: Oracle v. Google jury returns partial verdict, favoring Oracle

From: Flint <>
Date: Thu, 10 May 2012 18:57:02 -0400
Message-ID: <johh3p$hp8$>

On 5/9/2012 8:40 PM, Pól wrote:
> On 09/05/12 20:14, Sandman wrote:
>>> How can Open Source be "bogus"?
>>> Unlike with closed software - if you don't like it, you can do
>>> something
>>> about it, at least in theory.
>> Which is as relevant to 99.999% of computer users as "if you don't
>> like it, you can rebuild your house from scratch" is for 99.999% of
>> house owners. Give or take :-D
> Which is true - the majority of people (us) aren't capable of making
> major (or even minor) changes to Open Source projects (although I was
> very proud of myself when I made a minor change to a minor project).
> All of which of course does *_not_* mean that Open Source is "bogus".
> FLOSS is what it says it is - it does what it says on the tin - it's
> open about what it is, there's no lying - you can see the bugs
> up-front - you don't have vendor lock-in.
> As far as I'm concerned, both Linux and the *BSD's are a superior
> technical choice for servers - the reason Windows is so popular is
> because of the multiplicity of apps available, but FLOSS is now
> matching Windows for end-user apps. LibreOffice is an example - I
> haven't booted into Windows in over a year.

Hate to say it, but I've found LibreOffice (and its forerunner, OpenOffice) to be rather piggishly slow compared to MS Office, and rather buggy on working with Office files, particularly Excel spreadsheets and Word documents. I've seen file format corruptions often when working with MS Office files in LibreOffice.

IOW, it ain't anywhere near ready for primetime for most Enterprise desktop use unless one is ready to live with LibreOffice's weakness and stay with ODF file formats for everything.

> But, again, all of this aside, none of this has an iota of an impact
> on the opinion of the OP about FLOSS being "bogus".
> I'm genuinely interested - I've never heard FLOSS called that before -
> people differing over the merits of the different packages, but
> "bogus" - never...
> As Frasier Crane would say, "I'm listening"...
> Paul...
> BTW, I'm a fan, not a fanatic. I make a living using Oracle which is
> not likely to open-source it's flagship database prodcut anytime soon.

Just a side note: The word "fan" (in this context) is derived from and has its etymological roots in "fanatic". :)

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