Freshmeat.net: Too Much Free Software
Apr 05, 2003, 05:30 (49 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marius Andreiana)
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
"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..."