On Tue, 2 Nov 2004 12:52:13 -0500, Joe Hartley wrote:
As a user I completely agree with you, however...
When people (or companies) choose to use tools with 'closed standards'
they are subject to whatever happens with those standards. The folks
who maintain closed standards are under no obligation (until directed
by a court) to keep their standards constant. And being that they are
closed standards they are under no obligation to divuldge what they
This breakage is not a M$ only problem. Apple formats change. They are
no more willing to divudge those. So do Adobe, DigiDesign, Corel,
Steinberg. It's the nature of invoation within a market economy.
Heck - Ardour session file formats changed and no one offered to fix
my sessions from two years ago. I got feedback (ahead of time) that
they were 'subject to change' and that's that. How are open standards
any different for a user? (I understand a programmer might want to
handle this, but user types don't, or in my case can't, so how's it
Joe - I'm not arguing with you. Just making a point. OSS does change
things and break things too. It happens alot, and it's a weakness of
the untested, wild west environment that is Linux. It's not only the
evil guys in Redmond that do this stuff...