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Complete and Utter (Linux Desktop) Apps

Oct 28, 2009, 14:21 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

[ Thanks to James Maguire for this link. ]

"One of the best things about free and open source software (FOSS) is that its developers often do attempt to write software that is the ultimate in its category.

"They remind me of the writers of the eighteenth and nineteenth century who tried to write the definitive reference work on their subject, whether it was the decline and fall of the Roman empire or how diversity leads to the creation of new species. They've caught the habit of perfection, and I have to admire them.

Their behavior is something that you can't expect to see in proprietary software. When you are worried about getting an app to market, perfection means delay. Instead, proprietary software usually settles for good enough, even when trying to match a rival product's features or to take the lead in the features race."

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