Re: [LAU] Linux Audio podcast. episode003: commenting replies

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To: Ralf Mardorf <ralf.mardorf@...>
Cc: linux-audio-user <linux-audio-user@...>
Date: Friday, August 16, 2013 - 7:07 pm

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On Fri, Aug 16, 2013 at 11:27 AM, Ralf Mardorf
wrote:

> On Fri, 2013-08-16 at 11:14 -0700, J. Liles wrote:

I don't think you get it. It's not about protecting people from evil
programmers. It's about protecting programmers from litigious,
self-entitled people who assume that just because something exists, then it
must have been tailor made just for them and work in every way as they
expect. The kind of people who will shoot themselvse in the foot and blame
the maker of the pistol. It is to allow the programmer to write something
that works FOR THEMSELVES and share it freely with other people WHOM IT MAY
OR MAY NOT WORK FOR, without being held accountable for the fact that it
simply may not work for everybody. It is extremely difficult, if not
impossible, to write software that works in environments and use cases that
the programmer has never seen.

Consider free-software not as you would a tool that you bought from the
hardware store, but as a hand-crafted work of art that happens to have
functional applications.

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On Fri, Aug 16, 2013 at 11:27 AM, Ralf Mardorf &l=
t;ralf.mard=
orf@alice-dsl.net
> wrote:
On Fri, 2013-08-16 at 11:1=
4 -0700, J. Liles wrote:

> WITHOUT */

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The reason for this is coverage, but the target of FLOSS is to provid=
e a
quality level. Again, it's not black and white. If music apps shouldn&#=
39;t
be perfect it's one thing, but regarding to e.g. security, privacy even=

this disclaimer won't protect an evil coder against a lawsuit.
I don't think you get it. It's=
not about protecting people from evil programmers. It's about protecti=
ng programmers from litigious, self-entitled people who assume that just be=
cause something exists, then it must have been tailor made just for them an=
d work in every way as they expect. The kind of people who will shoot thems=
elvse in the foot and blame the maker of the pistol. It is to allow the pro=
grammer to write something that works FOR THEMSELVES and share it freely wi=
th other people WHOM IT MAY OR MAY NOT WORK FOR, without being held account=
able for the fact that it simply may not work for everybody. It is extremel=
y difficult, if not impossible, to write software that works in environment=
s and use cases that the programmer has never seen.
Consider free-software not as you would a tool that you boug=
ht from the hardware store, but as a hand-crafted work of art that happens =
to have functional applications.

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[LAU] Linux Audio podcast. episode003: commenting replies, Louigi Verona, (Thu Aug 15, 11:23 am)
Re: [LAU] Linux Audio podcast. episode003: commenting replies, Leonardo Palomares, (Fri Aug 16, 5:58 pm)
Re: [LAU] Linux Audio podcast. episode003: commenting replies, J. Liles, (Fri Aug 16, 7:07 pm)
Re: [LAU] Linux Audio podcast. episode003: commenting replies, Fons Adriaensen, (Sat Aug 17, 10:00 pm)
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