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. #31
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    Re: How ideological are you about Linux?

    I embrace freedom 100% an anything proprietary is forbidden in my system including the kernel which is the linux-libre.

    Need to said more?



    Cogito Ergo Sum

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    Re: How ideological are you about Linux?

    Good idea for a poll!

    It would be great if all our diverse needs could be met by OSS, but all too often that isn't the case. I still need the 'Doze for decent sound and video softs, therefore i voted 'willing to compromise'.

    Nice one!

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    Re: How ideological are you about Linux?

    Quote Originally Posted by mamamia88 View Post
    I like my software like i like my government transparent.
    Best of luck with that! LOL!

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    Re: How ideological are you about Linux?

    I would say if two pieces of software are equivalent in features and usefulness and one is open source, I would likely go with the open source out of principle. It's pretty rare that happens though. However I will not limit myself in terms of features and usefulness just because I believe in what open source stands for. If OSS wants to survive it will be because it deserves to. In this case, Android and Firefox have been great examples of that.

  5. #35
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    Re: How ideological are you about Linux?

    I prefer linux because it is much more fun to use. Also the OS itself is an IDE and as such makes programming (for anything not windows specific) much easier.

    There is just way to much money involved in proprietary software and licensing schemes with shareholders in public companies for it to ever go away.

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    Re: How ideological are you about Linux?

    It's a dilemma, really:

    If you use proprietary software, you generally get the most complete and compelling experience from developers who have a real incentive to give you that experience, but you eventually fall victim to the abuses of closed source (i.e. the "upgrade" treadmill, waiting for bug fixes that never come, etc.).

    If you use open source software, you generally get the experience you want, although not necessarily in the form you were hoping for. It usually requires a culture adjustment of some kind, and that opens the door for a lot of misinformation. Avoiding misinformation leads to a lack of communication, and then projects inevitably implode when that happens. Thankfully, you can always fork an open source project.

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    Re: How ideological are you about Linux?

    "I support OSS but use a variety of tools"

    I'm a pragmatist. I will use what works best for my needs. If that happens to be OSS then that's terrific, and I'll certainly go out of my way to use open software even if it means a bit of extra work. That said, if proprietary software is all that's available to meet the current need, I'm not going to just pretend that that need doesn't exist, so I use what's available.

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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.
    +1
    Want an alternative to 99% of Windows applications?
    http://www.osalt.com/

    "Dude, real programmers compile" - Plato 428BC

  9. #39
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    Re: How ideological are you about Linux?

    I prefer to use only open source software, but do use some proprietary drivers when needed.
    Do you folks like coffee?

  10. #40
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    Re: How ideological are you about Linux?

    I voted for feeling strongly although I am not opposed to proprietary software in a Stallman like manner, I feel that free software has the potential to produce better software, because openness and the free flow of ideas are important. I don’t believe for example that the development of science would have been so successful if it followed a model like proprietary software.

    Trends in computing at the moment are concerning – walled gardens, the abuse of patents to develop anti competitive monopolies or cartels, restricted boot, SOPRA etc. Ubuntu with the open source movement is an opposing force defending the right of all of us to use our computers and IT technology as we wish, to use this technology for our benefit, not the benefit of a few large corporations.

    Ubuntu software is free. Always was, always will be. Free software gives everyone the freedom to use it however they want and share with whoever they like. This freedom has huge benefits.
    I am pleased that the majority of voters on the forums have some agreement with me, that ideas are important. However I suspect the KiwiNZ’s views are the dominant view by the authorities on Ubuntu forums, which is a shame.

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