||Oh man, this is good. Observe how much the Open Sauce advocates have done in the critical thinking and reasoning of this guy.
To think that a simple concept like "im going to make software and give it away free" causes so many people to develop a nervous breakdown is totally beyond me.
That doesn't bother me. If you little nerds want to have your own little 'nerd club' of elitism, go for it. When people start correlating open sauce software with being automatically superior, that's when they get delusional. When they only use their 'free software,' that's absurd. If there was a piece of free software that is magnitudes better than a piece of software which costs money, I'll use it. Oh yeah, there is. Internet Explorer is much better than Opera, thus I use it.
Its just that the anti-GNU brigade are all against authors having the rights over their work.
Kind of contradictory of your previous 'free' argument above, no? I don't have a problem with authors giving away their program's secret sauce codes, but the GNU Communists want complete control over that code. They don't want you to use it how you want - they then force you into releasing your own secret proprietary codes. That's why I don't have a problem with the BSD license. It's not contrived by a bunch of arrogant, hypocritical fools like those behind the GNU virus.
They would rather some kind of communist government forced authors to impose prices on their works in order to generate wealth for the "state" or something...all workers work for the state.
Interesting you'd equate the government with corporations - since, at least where I live, they're independent. The money I spend on Windows doesn't go to reelect Tom Daschle or Barney Frank. Nor does it go to fix the potholes outside my house. Rather, it goes into Microsoft itself, which in turn spends it in other places like R&D and advertising. This circulates my money into the economy. Nothing you'd see in a Communist form of government.
And whats all this rubbish about GNU software being inferior to non-GNU software. Most people who say this have never seen GNU software.
I, unfortunately, was sucked into the GNU virus many years ago. I admit to using both the Communist Red Flag Hat "distribution" and the French (which adjective is worse?) Mandracke Linux. I have yet to see a single piece of "GNU Software" that's superior to any of Microsoft's offerings.
Sure when I downloaded and installed it I was expecting it to be inferior to Microsofts Visual C++. What a suprise to find that the program environment was actually as good as Microsoft's.
Yeah, I'm sure it works just as well too. If all you are doing with Bloodshed is compiling your little DOS exploits to use against your IRC enemies, I'm sure it will suffice.
[the sauce code] is still a good educational read.
Unless, of course, you happen to remember anything you read, and then go on to write your own non-GNU software and are forced into releasing your secret proprietary codecs.
So on one hand I have this $2000 Microsoft Product and i have just thrown it out to use an absolutely free product of the same type.
First of all, I doubt any of you GNU pirates would pay $20, let alone $2000, for a piece of software. So, the prospect of you throwing away a "$2000 Microsoft Product" for an "absolutely free product" loses credence. Not like it had any to begin with, since we know exactly what you're using it for.
But microsoft refuse to understand this, bringing out new versions which contain only slight changes
What the hell do you want them to do? Do you think it's high time that they just wrap up the whole "Office XP" thing since it reached perfection? Or do you want them to include virtual reality something or others to stop you from bitching? With you GNU criminals, they're damned if they include more features (you read as: bloatware), or they're damned if they don't (you read as: slight changes).
Does anyone even check the differences when they upgrade?
I know my version of Office XP can do Speech Recognition. What about your "GNU/KWord" pile of trash?
When comparing these products to GNU ones - products designed for functionality rather than product-selling-gimmicktry
Oh, is that their goal? Better spread the word, because all of the GNU crud I've seen is just designed to mimic their Windows counterparts. They don't even do a good job of doing that. Know of any GNU Office suites that import all of my Office documents? Preserving formatting, revision info, all of that stuff?
Now the only reason people use Word and Windows is because it is standard and its scary to go against the crowd [emphasis added]
Clearly the most absurd thing that you said in your little rant. I use Windows and Word because I don't want to be a rebel? Excuse me, I use Windows and Word because it's better than anything anyone else anywhere can offer. Simple as that.
But this doesnt mean that these standard products are any better than alternative ones.
By your convoluted theory, you're right. By logic, however, the truth is, they are better. Name me one word processor that even approaches the features that Word has. Document revision checking, speech recognition, all of those features. Truth is, none of them do! Windows is even more of a slam dunk argument. There is not one thing Linux can boast over Windows except its price. And, as we have all heard before, Linux is only free if your time has no value.