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Free Software: Jealousy in Disguise?

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    fdisk

    Just speculating here...but we know Stallman got started when he wanted to replicate a printer driver or whatever...and Miguel de Icaza once wanted to work for Microsoft. Sooooo...does that mean that most people that develop free software are secretly jealous of Microsoft? Is that the source of their unending hatred and anger? Are they basically trying to prove themselves worthy? Sort of like dealing with a father they could never please. Would hiring them solve the problem? Or is it a "labor of love" for them?

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    Massif

    I imagine they just really wanted to do something, and as a company didn't let them do it, they did it themselves. That's not jealousy, that's drive and ambition.

    If you're going to hire everyone who may set up on their own out of fear of the competition you're going to hire a lot of people.

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    Sabot

    Why not IBM ?

    I believe big blue are one of the single largest contributors to the free software movement and they are much large than Microsoft and make more money.



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    Cornelius Ellsonpeter

    Didn't Borland give away some free compiler tools at some point?

    Now repeat after me:

    I don't want to post more mindless dreck on the front page of Channel 9.

    I want to go home and rethink my life.

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    phreaks

    sirhomer wrote:
    I support free software because I love computers, not toasters.


    Do you get free bread for toasting?

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    phreaks

    sirhomer wrote:
    
    phreaks wrote: 
    sirhomer wrote: I support free software because I love computers, not toasters.


    Do you get free bread for toasting?


    I didn't have to sign a NDA or EULA to get a loaf of bread from the supermarket.


    And you don't eat software or resell/re-share bread

    I am gonna compare an orange to an Al Paca, doesn't make alot of sense; but I am gonna do it anyway.

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    phreaks

    sirhomer wrote:
    
    phreaks wrote: 
    sirhomer wrote: 
    phreaks wrote: 
    sirhomer wrote: I support free software because I love computers, not toasters.


    Do you get free bread for toasting?


    I didn't have to sign a NDA or EULA to get a loaf of bread from the supermarket.


    And you don't eat software or resell/re-share bread

    I am gonna compare an orange to an Al Paca, doesn't make alot of sense; but I am gonna do it anyway.


    Computers are becoming more like toasters everday.


    How, exactly is that

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    fdisk

    Yeah, but do people write free software out of a love of computers, or a desire to work for a big, successful software house and a need to prove themselves?

    Oh, and bread is most definitely open source. Just check out any old cookbook and read up on the recipe!

    Cornelius Ellsonpeter wrote:
    Now repeat after me:

    I don't want to post more mindless dreck on the front page of Channel 9.

    I want to go home and rethink my life.
    I want to post more insightful posts on the front page of Channel 9.

    I want to go out to the bar, get smashed, and design a spreadsheet program.

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    Dr Herbie

    sirhomer wrote:
    
    Computers are becoming more like toasters everday.


    I thought toasters are getting more like computers.  My toaster has three buttons.  Three!  Just to toast some bread!

    When they start coming with a touchscreen, I think I'll stop eating toast.


    Herbie

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    shreyasonli​ne

    phreaks wrote:
    
    sirhomer wrote:
    phreaks wrote: 
    sirhomer wrote: 
    phreaks wrote: 
    sirhomer wrote: I support free software because I love computers, not toasters.


    Do you get free bread for toasting?


    I didn't have to sign a NDA or EULA to get a loaf of bread from the supermarket.


    And you don't eat software or resell/re-share bread

    I am gonna compare an orange to an Al Paca, doesn't make alot of sense; but I am gonna do it anyway.


    Computers are becoming more like toasters everday.


    How, exactly is that


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    Shreyas Zare

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    phreaks

    shreyasonline wrote:
    
    phreaks wrote: 
    sirhomer wrote: 
    phreaks wrote: 
    sirhomer wrote: 
    phreaks wrote: 
    sirhomer wrote: I support free software because I love computers, not toasters.


    Do you get free bread for toasting?


    I didn't have to sign a NDA or EULA to get a loaf of bread from the supermarket.


    And you don't eat software or resell/re-share bread

    I am gonna compare an orange to an Al Paca, doesn't make alot of sense; but I am gonna do it anyway.


    Computers are becoming more like toasters everday.


    How, exactly is that


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    Shreyas Zare

    LOL, thanks for clearing that up.

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    staceyw

    free is like a box of chocolates...you never know what ya gonna get.

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    SwamiYogurt

    Is today Channel 9 Trolling Day or something? Seems like every other post is designed to raise people's blood pressure.

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    Harlequin

    SwamiYogurt wrote:
    Is today Channel 9 Trolling Day or something? Seems like every other post is designed to raise people's blood pressure.


    The trolling increases when the C9 guys are out making videos Smiley

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    cescotto

    Consoles are already becoming like toasters and it won't take much before we'll all be toasting our bread in our brand new laptops. In the meanwhile we can still prepare Espresso.

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    PaoloM

    sirhomer wrote:
    It's not so much personal computers yet, but with TPM will the PC becoming a glorfied console?

    I don't know, why don't you ask to the white knights of open source (IBM or Apple) about that? They do make hardware, after all...

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