One view might be that proprietary software is made for a profit, whereas open source can generate profit or not, as the situation demands.
I only use open source software!
I feel strongly about OSS, but willing to compromise
I support OSS but use a variety of tools
I don't really care about OSS, just what tool is best
I hate OSS but am hanging out on an Ubuntu forum anyway
Some other view that can't be summed up in a poll
And yet advocacy continues; probably because modular is greater than monolithic in the majority of cases.
Of course, the Linux kernel isn't really as monolithic as it was when the debate took place. Today, the entire hardware side of the kernel is modular and can be dynamically loaded in and out, just like the kernels in major commercial operating systems. Linux, the infamous monolithic kernel, is actually a functional hybrid kernel.
In almost all cases I prefer to use OSS. But I often find situations where I have to use proprietary software.
I used to be kind of ideological about it. But, at the end of the day, I need something that actually works. I cant be fiddling around with drivers all day, and despite what some people may want, I cant sit around reading manuals all day either. A lot of times I need something that works the way I expect it to without having to learn anything about the software, and unfortunately, linux majorly fails in this department.
KDE is the best
Linux works well for me. The "ah-ha" moment for me was when I came across bugs in Windows Vista and Adobe Dreamweaver. Both were bugs that should have been fixed, but in both cases the attitude seemed to be to buy the new version. When running a small business and always watching the bottom line, why should I buy a new version of software when the current version already does everything I need?
I have found the Linux community much more receptive to bug reports, and discovered that for everything I need to do, Linux offers me an appropriate app. The number of distributions is a nice thing also, as whatever you may need is usually covered.
Finally, and perhaps most important, I can use an app, discover its value, and reward the developers appropriately. Good luck trying to return a $400 piece of software to a retail store if it doesn't work out for you.
Whoever came up with the phrase "There is no such thing as a stupid question" obviously never had the internet.
for a business one would not be buying software from retail.
Also trial versions are available for most major business packages and can also be negotiated with your provider. Also any business installation would only (should only) be done after reading white papers, developing a implementation plan that includes such basics as rigorous testing, training, documenting, support planning and of course disaster recovery and roll back . With this risk mitigation can be done and problems detected and fixed or plans changed.
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As for me, A client asked me to take on a project that needed a fast turnaround, so buying the software (Dreamweaver CS4) at retail was the only option due to time. At that time the software worked fine on XP, but after having certified it on Vista, I upgraded only to find the bug. Adobe acknowledged the bug but never fixed it, and the only solution was to upgrade to CS5.