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Please don't port philosophy with code!

May 19, 2010, 17:33 (0 Talkback[s])

"One of my pet peeves is Linux installers for proprietary software requiring root permissions.

"Last time, Adobe got me into rant mode by requiring root not only to install the Adobe Air runtime, but to install any Adobe Air based application as well. This time it's Abbyy – makers of the famous Finereader OCR software.

"Before I start explaining what's so bad about requiring root for installing, I want to give a short disclaimer:

"I'm not against non-Open Source software running on Linux. It isn't my first choice for sure, but sometimes there are no alternatives available and I'm happy about every company providing a Linux port of their software. Even when it is closed source.

"This is also not against Abbyy. They just happen to be the most recent example I encountered. On the contrary – I'm a fan of Finereader, Abbyy is using DokuWiki at ocr4linux and they made a generous donation to the project. I like Abbyy."

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