OS X/Ubuntu/GnuLinux and cost

Michael R Head burner at suppressingfire.org
Mon Oct 10 22:42:20 UTC 2005

On Mon, 2005-10-10 at 16:26 +1000, Serg Belokamen wrote:
> On an equal playing field you would spend the same ammount of time
> helping others on any other operating system.  Hence either compare
> apples to apples or dont compare at all.  You could just as well get a
> free copy of Ubuntu and not tinker with anything. 

Actually, because the _process_ as well as the code is open, it's a lot
easier to contribute. It would be very difficult (or expensive) to
submit bug reports to the Microsoft developers behind the various parts
of Windows (and Office), and have them resolved quickly or fixed in the
released version within 6 months.

Additionally, because opensource software is generally community-based,
it's a lot easier to get hooked up with others that need help or have
more experience. It's also easier to gain expertise from the developers
by reading their posts and bug reports and wiki entries about
implementation details that are generally not there for closed-source
and closed-process software.


Michael R Head <burner at suppressingfire.org>
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