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Freshmeat.net: Too Much Free Software

Apr 05, 2003, 05:30 (49 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marius Andreiana)

"Too much Free Software? And you thought people were complaining about a lack of applications which makes them stick with Microsoft Windows. Well, they're right. On Linux, there's no decent movie player and no working sound recorder (like the one in Windows 95) shipped as the default by GNOME, but hey, there are more than 385 text editors! Choice is good, but it's frustrating when none of the alternatives works properly.

"We have a lot of Free Software alternatives, but because there are so many, they usually remain at a low level of features, as Free Software developers are a limited resource. There are exceptions (GIMP), but they usually have major companies behind them (Open Office, Mozilla) which know what the users want and what to ask from their developers.

"We also have a natural selection process which will result in the best software in time. In a lot of time. This would be the best selection if all the software in the world would be Free, but it's not, and we are running out of time..."

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