[svlug] Re: Open Source Criticism Questions

Jeffrey Siegal jbs at quiotix.com
Wed Aug 20 16:34:51 PDT 2003

Daniel Howard wrote:
> The motivation behind this question was to determine
> if open source advocates welcome the same mistreatment
> and fault-finding that commercial software vendors
> endure in reviews.  Lots of reviews have mistakes and
> some fault-find to the point of abuse.  It is not
> uncommon for reviewers to use the word, "suck", when
> reviewing Microsoft products.  So far, open source
> software has gotten a free ride.  Nobody ever uses the
> word, "suck", to describe open source software, no
> matter how bad it is.

Is that really a free ride?  On a value-for-price basis, it is 
impossible for open source software to be a bad deal. Not so for most 
Microsoft products, which can't even be returned for a refund if you use 
it for a while and decide you don't like it.

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