On Sat, 2013-08-17 at 22:00 +0000, Fons Adriaensen wrote:
That is what I meant when I mentioned that even free as in beer software
that comes with a disclaimer has to provide a little bit of quality. I
disagree that this is important for those audio apps you mentioned, but
it's important for software that has to do with privacy and security.
Sure, a plugin that has tendencies to kill tweeters should be removed
from repositories, or better, never should be available by a repository,
but as long as such software was released with no ill intend, the
disclaimer is a fair way to mention risks and self-responsibility of the
I completely agree that such software can't be fixed and I'm thinking of
software that is less complicated than fourier synthesis. When I
programmed the C64 I didn't fix the programs I wrote as a beginner, when
I became a good coder, I wrote completely new programs. Being a good
coder does mean that you have to keep it rolling. If you would give me a
C64 today I wouldn't be able to write good software anymore. IOW users
can't become coders, when they aren't willing to program regularly. It
should be ok just to be a user. It even should be ok when some people
give absolutely nothing back to the free software community, our
societies are huge and somebody could take from the software community
and give by e.g. doing the shopping for physically disabled people.
Real live is more than just free software, artists should know this.
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