Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Against Open Source

Let me be clear. When I need a solution, I often times look for something free on the internet. And I'm more than happy to share my feeble knowledge with just about anyone that will listen. However, there are some things that I think of as my own ideas and my own creative rights. These I don't like to just give away.

I was reading the other day about how Computer vendors are able to provide a better value to their customer by using OpenSource software. As a nerd, this makes sense to me. However, OpenSource software in general is more difficult to use and doesn't have a good support base. The open source software is what has family members asking me to help them work on their computers. The strange thing is, I'm a Microsoft person. I don't use hardly anything that's open source. I would rather pay for my stuff and know that I have a base to go back to for support and bug fixes. I understand that Open Source code is freely available and has the ability to be maintained by a lot of people, but it also has the ability to be screwed up by a lot of people and there are many versions available with no good way to keep bug fixes and patches up to date.

I am against using open source software unless you know what you are doing, which is why I think it's a bad idea for computer vendors to add it to PCs. Let's face it, if you don't know what you are doing, the software being thrown at you better work pretty well. And many of the computers today are sold to people who just need something to get them onto the internet. If the person is savvy enough to know how to use the open source software that exists, he will also know where to go get it and what he wants. This stuff doesn't need to be thrown at him.

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