Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on April 26, 2003 02:58 AM
I looked in the OfficeWorld down the road the other day and Adobe Acrobat is $400! OpenOffice.org's PDFWriter is free.
Writing software requires creativity and creativity is a necessarily insular trait - you can't create by committee and when you do, the results are rarely good. Large software houses will prefer to disagree but in fact creating good software requires brilliant individuals. Inevitably, with brilliant individuals comes a degree of arrogance.
Pragmatically speaking, I'm not aware of any pigheadedness on the part of Mr Torvalds or Mr Cox (Mr Stallman<nobr> <wbr></nobr>... well ok) because I don't know them and I've never met them. However, I constantly find myself asking the question "How does Microsoft want me to solve this error message?" or "Why does the troubleshooting dialogue never actually solve the problem?" and "Why on earth did it do that!?" and in doing so, I'm reminded of the arrogance and pigheadedness of those Ivory League alumnis working in Microsoft you mention.
There's the difference. Free software programmers take their place on the pedestal righteously. Proprietary software vendors just generate demand to appropriate their pedestal.