Re: There'll always be people who appreciate truly free software
Posted by: Anonymous
on August 02, 2008 10:26 PM
Speak for yourself, I use the best tool for the job. If the best tool happens to be free so the much the better, but if the free tool can't compare to the proprietary "evil" solution than I use proprietary "evil" software. It has nothing to do with convenience and everything to do with the free tool not providing the functionality that I need.
The GIMP is a prime example of people expecting others to use software that simply doesn't provide the functionality that is needed to perform a job. The stable branch currently is _useless_ for anything apart from low bit-depth images. When the Gimp dev's finish GEGL and give us the basic functionality that Photoshop has had since version 6 and Silicon Grail graciously added with their branch of the GIMP back in 1998 that wasn't merged into /trunk through a political decision much like those outlined in the article I may be able to use The GIMP, but as it stands for anything in the high bit depth range I have to use Cinepaint or Krita both of which have their drawbacks when compared to the proprietary solution.
I admire the ideals that you hold dear, but if you want me to adopt those ideals, please improve the solutions that you are proposing.