Re: [linux-audio-user] Re: Free Software vs. Open Source: Where do *you* stand?

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Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2006 - 1:54 pm

On Mon, 20 Feb 2006, Mike Taht wrote:

> Three years ago, or so, I tried to make a record using purely open

You seem not have noticed that today also the proprietary software can do
the same. And the result is not so much caused by advances in the software
but in hardware. Today's machines just are 3-5 times more powerfull than
the ones three years ago. Thinking that the open source model did the
miracle is just an observation error.

When I started with Linux sound 15 years ago (486/50DX2 at that time) it
was barely possible to play a 3 channel .MOD file at 44 kHz in real time.
I had to convert the player (str) to use fixed point instead of floating
point and to do all kind of other modifications. To play a MP3 file was
just a dream until Pentium machines). Now 15 years later the
same program plays a 2 minute module in fractions of a second. The same is
almost true with MP3 files. All this just because the hardware is 1000 now
times faster. The software is unmodified so it doesn't cause any
improvement (other than the effect of better optimizations in recent gcc
versions).

> The proprietary ethos leads to products that require license keys, tech

This has nothing to do with "proprietary ethos". This kind of stuff
depends just on company culture. It is possible to produce proprietary
software without any lawyers or marketing staff. Tech support is not a big
issue if the software is adequately good. Unfortunately license keys are
required because otherwise you cannot get anybody to pay for the software.

> and inevitable legions of bugs unfixed because of all that deadweight a

The claim that proprietary software has more bugs than open source one is
an urban legend. There is proprietary software that is full of bugs.
Equally well there is open source software that doesn't even compile. Some
software is just written by incompetent programmers. This has nothing to
do with the distribution policy. If there are any bugs then users report
them to the author of the program who fixes it (also with proprietary
software).

Best regards,

Hannu
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http://www.opensound.com (Open Sound System (OSS))
http://www.compusonic.fi (Finnish OSS pages)
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[linux-audio-user] Re: Free Software vs. Open Source: Where ..., Kjetil S. Matheussen, (Mon Feb 20, 9:02 pm)
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Re: [linux-audio-user] Re: Free Software vs. Open Source: Wh..., Thomas Vecchione, (Mon Feb 20, 11:30 pm)
Re: [linux-audio-user] Re: Free Software vs. Open Source: Wh..., Hannu Savolainen, (Tue Feb 21, 1:54 pm)