On 01/15/2012 02:29 PM, hermann wrote:
> Not so long ago, for most people linux was == open source, that gone
this argument works both ways: for professional users, all that counts
is the availability of the tools required for a particular job. if i can
get a closed-source tool (rather than none at all), that enables me to
_stick_ with linux and not have to run a brown-paper-bag headless
windows box in my basement that needlessly heats up my wine storage and
irritates my router.
i'm pretty sure there is nothing to fear from choice, ever.
it's interesting to observe the (minor) frictions that arise when people
who are coming from a proprietary operating system (who have certain
user experience expectations and some degree of ignorance of how the
open source community works) suddenly adopt open-source tools. i
remember the tricks paul used to pretty much drive ardour-osx users into
IRC at gunpoint - without these tricks, mac users tended to double-click
on an installer, run into a problem, walk away complaining and were
never seen again... this is probably also the reason why there's isn't a
windows version of ardour (yet) - you got to backport the software, but
you also got to forward-port user attitude, which can be a lot less
in the bitwig case, the problem is much simpler: a proprietary tool
enters an open-source ecosystem. it removes one more hurdle for people
with a certain workflow to adopt (or stay with) linux.
those who don't like it don't use it. the only friction point arises
when those who don't like it tell others why they shouldn't be using it.
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