Is open source software better?

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by wired, May 25, 2007.

  1. wired

    wired Guest

    I have 2 examples of quality, free, open source software: Firefox and
    Pidgin. Light, secure and very customizable, they have more features
    than any of their closed source enemies.
    Take Yahoo Messenger vs Pigdin: ads, takes a while for loading, all
    sorts of crappy addons that clog the UI vs simple, clean, multi-
    protocol, fast Pidgin.
    Take Firefox viruses, spyware, homepage hijacking vs. phising filter,
    tabs(that work)plenty of skins and useful addons like ForecastFox and
    AdBlock Plus.
    I'm not so sure about OpenOffice, which is inferior to office 2003,
    not to mention Office 2007.
    Ubuntu. Prety good. Major driver compatibilities, especially with
    laptops, poor support for peripherals, sound and wifi. while not
    entirely Canonical's fault, the typical user will find this
    unacceptable. But, it's free.
    While I completely agree that Vista is a Mac OS X copycat, it's a very
    good one. Take FrontRow and Media Center, take Glass UI, animations
    and eye-candy. Leopard: Microsoft start your xeroxes.
     
    wired, May 25, 2007
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  2. wired wrote:
    > I have 2 examples of quality, free, open source software: Firefox and
    > Pidgin. Light, secure and very customizable, they have more features
    > than any of their closed source enemies.
    > Take Yahoo Messenger vs Pigdin: ads, takes a while for loading, all
    > sorts of crappy addons that clog the UI vs simple, clean, multi-
    > protocol, fast Pidgin.
    > Take Firefox viruses, spyware, homepage hijacking vs. phising filter,
    > tabs(that work)plenty of skins and useful addons like ForecastFox and
    > AdBlock Plus.
    > I'm not so sure about OpenOffice, which is inferior to office 2003,
    > not to mention Office 2007.
    > Ubuntu. Prety good. Major driver compatibilities, especially with
    > laptops, poor support for peripherals, sound and wifi. while not
    > entirely Canonical's fault, the typical user will find this
    > unacceptable. But, it's free.
    > While I completely agree that Vista is a Mac OS X copycat, it's a very
    > good one. Take FrontRow and Media Center, take Glass UI, animations
    > and eye-candy. Leopard: Microsoft start your xeroxes.


    Were you just commenting or was there a question built in somewhere? You
    pretty much answered yourself.
     
    =?ISO-8859-1?Q?R=F4g=EAr?=, May 25, 2007
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