[svlug] A followup on UnZipping in Linux.

Matt Billenstein mbillens at one.net
Tue Jan 22 22:09:02 PST 2002

No man, I wasn't attacking you, I just think in some circumstances comparing
an app on Windows to an app on Linux is slightly fallacious...  I don't
expect KWord or KPresenter to work as well (although they do work quite good
IMHO) as MS Office apps simply because they're developed by volunteers who
have other things to do.

I don't know that I know the answer to your question, but the only way you
can know for sure is to indeed contact the developer.  Either he'll blow you
off, point the finger at whatever made the zip file, or consider your
message for an enhancement or bug fix in his tool.  Either way you know more
than you know now.



Matt Billenstein
mbillens (at) one (dot) net

----- Original Message -----
From: "Ron" <theotiwii at earthlink.net>
To: <svlug at svlug.org>
Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2002 9:35 AM
Subject: Re: [svlug] A followup on UnZipping in Linux.

| mbillens at one.net wrote:
| > It's _free_ software.  You as the user are responsible.
| Hum, interesting perspective.
| Since I'm not going to rewrite the "WebAppWriter" code responsible for
| sending me the zip file and I'm not going to rewrite Unzip, and I do
| take an active part in the Linux community and do contribute my time to
| make these utilities better... I am simply asking for the lists opinion
| of whom I should address concerning the problem.
| I could just ignore it, since I already have the answer... but I expect
| if I tripped over it, there's bound to be another "dude" out there that
| will waste their time with the same problem... and since I OBVIOUSLY
| don't know how UnZip works, I'm asking this forum for their opinion
| before I take action.
| I don't equate "_free_ software" with bad software, I expect any 1+
| release to be a responsible product. Polish and responsibility are two
| different words AND, the RESPONSIBLE in community supported software
| includes questions like the one I have posted.
| I would like to add that your post strikes me as a "quit whining, you
| didn't pay the price so suffer the consequences" reaction. If I'm wrong,
| I apologize, but if that was your message, then don't preach it on top
| of Linux, cuz that ain't the package, dude, Linux, the software and the
| community ARE responsible and I'm sorry you don't understand that. And
| just so we don't start any semantic wars, think about this: "I am
| responsible, says the programmer, I accept responsibility, says the
| user."
| Let me rephrase my question... here it is:
| I am going to try and prevent SOMEONE ELSE from experiencing this
| problem if it is INDEED a problem. Since UnZip is in release 5.42, I
| would DEFINITELY like to have the perspective of those on this list
| before I trouble the author of a mature product with what might only be
| "my own problem of perception" ... after all, a number of people advised
| me to use the "-d" switch, but not ONE of them mentioned the behavior
| might seem "unexpected."
| -Ron
| PS: Sorry to hear about the AbiWord developers thinking they are MS Word
| wannabees without the budget, it's got to be tough to code that way
| (especially considering what a poor product MS Word is).
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