"Linux is Free" is no excuse
Every once and a while, I'll see a post about a problem in Linux and the person will express their frustration with Linux as a whole and openly question why they even use it. We've all seen those.
Then, invariably, there will be a response that basically goes like this:
But, is "Linux is free" a valid excuse?
Hey, Linux is free, so don't complain.
I don't think so. To use an excuse like that is to say "you get what you pay for" and since you pay nothing, that implies that you get nothing.
A big part of the "free and open source software" movement is supposed to be that it's method is superior to that of the closed-source model. According to its proponents, free/libre software isn't supposed to be a cheap knock-off or a "free alternative". It is supposed to be better.
But apparently it isn't, and other excuses like lack of commercial hardware support are only a part of the problem. Lucid has problems with my older desktop's nVidia Riva TNT2 graphics card, even though it worked fine in Jaunty. That isn't a fault of the hardware company, that's a regression.
Then there are things that are just embarrassing, like that we still have clipboard issues. I always need to open up gedit and paste there so that I know my text won't get lost in the black hole that is Linux clipboard support, which it does at least 50% of the time. I had this happen when using my computer with my sister once and she laughed out load at the stupidity of it.
We can't keep saying "well, Linux is free" like that makes the problems go away. Either Linux is worthy of being a desktop OS or it isn't. Price doesn't matter.
I could post a list of my ideas of what Linux needs. I could post a string of demands for the Ubuntu devs. But I won't.
All I ask is that people on this forum stop trying to use this lame excuse. It isn't constructive and just makes Linux look bad.
If you disagree with me, and still think that "Linux is free" is a perfectly valid excuse, fine. But I'll tell you this: My opinions are free...
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