View Poll Results: Ideology and you ?

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  • I only use open source software!

    8 4.97%
  • I feel strongly about OSS, but willing to compromise

    72 44.72%
  • I support OSS but use a variety of tools

    62 38.51%
  • I don't really care about OSS, just what tool is best

    14 8.70%
  • I hate OSS but am hanging out on an Ubuntu forum anyway

    0 0%
  • Some other view that can't be summed up in a poll

    5 3.11%
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Thread: How ideological are you about Linux?

  1. #1
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    How ideological are you about Linux?

    When it comes to Linux and Open Source software in general, how ideological are you?

    Feel free to elaborate as much as you feel like, but please refrain from fighting

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    Re: How ideological are you about Linux?

    Linux is an Operating System, that's it, nothing more, nothing less.
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    Re: How ideological are you about Linux?

    Quote Originally Posted by KiwiNZ View Post
    Linux is an Operating System, that's it, nothing more, nothing less.
    That's a trite truism which ignores history.
    de gustibus et coloribus non est disputandum -- Wiktionary

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    Re: How ideological are you about Linux?

    Quote Originally Posted by vasa1 View Post
    That's a trite truism which ignores history.
    Say what now?

    Linux isn't an Operating System.
    Last edited by KiwiNZ; November 15th, 2012 at 03:58 AM.
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    Re: How ideological are you about Linux?

    Quote Originally Posted by KiwiNZ View Post
    Linux is an Operating System, that's it, nothing more, nothing less.
    Linux is a kernal, Ubuntu is an Operating System.

    http://www.gnu.org/gnu/linux-and-gnu.html

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    Re: How ideological are you about Linux?

    Quote Originally Posted by mag1strate View Post
    Linux is a kernal, Ubuntu is an Operating System.

    http://www.gnu.org/gnu/linux-and-gnu.html

    Linux is a UNIX like computer Operating System

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux
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    Re: How ideological are you about Linux?

    I just use the tools that get the job done. Slackware servers, Ubuntu desktops, Windows machines.
    If you don't make backups of your important data, your data is obviously not important to you.

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    Re: How ideological are you about Linux?

    Kernel? Operating system? Something else? I'm not too worried about pinning down a definition of the word "system" that will satisfy everyone: "it" works for me.
    Forum DOs and DON'Ts
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    Re: How ideological are you about Linux?

    Using what works best for me always trumps any ideology. That being said I would prefer everything to be open source. It makes it easier to sleep at night knowing that nothing "sneaks" it's way into my computer without a bunch of people much smarter than myself reviewing every line of code. I like my software like i like my government transparent.
    Whoever came up with the phrase "There is no such thing as a stupid question" obviously never had the internet.

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    Re: How ideological are you about Linux?

    I'm a programmer and I think a programmer should have a right to chose his/her own business model depending on what works best for him. If you need to put bread on the table and opening your software up may prevent that then by all means keep it closed. If you think you can make money by selling support then feel free to open it up, but don't be surprised if someone forks it and takes away your business.

    OSS is a good thing, especially for users, but not everyone should be expected to give away their code.
    Last edited by mr john; November 15th, 2012 at 06:35 AM.

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