Posted by: Anonymous
on November 11, 2007 05:50 PM
You miss a very subtle difficulty. What is working well for you today may not work so well for you tomorrow. But you may have to endure years of bit rot and bloat cruft as migrating to something else has become a tangled nest of dependencies. Nothing I intend to keep for myself is stored in proprietary formats. It may be necessary to edit or convert that information to be used with other tools. Companies like MS and Adobe do everything possible to deeply enmesh themselves into operations and workflows. I don't insist every bit of code that I use be "GNU/Freedom" but I do insist that all data have an RFC specification or equivalent and be transformable with a variety of tools.