Posted by: Anonymous
on December 19, 2008 08:11 PM
Seems to me that Add-ons of the sort this article talks about will not last anyway, they are annoying. Also the best thing about add-ons and plugins is they can be easily removed. Although I have been a linux fan and user (I make that distinction because many big mouths in FOSS are not even daily Linux users in my experience) longer than a lot of the young blowhards that frequent sites like this. I say the most important thing about openness is giving the user control of their own computers, even if that choice involves proprietary software. That said, I have seen a lot of software of the type described above but I use none of it because it is annoying. Nagware will never triumph. In some ares however proprietary is unavoidable, I know of no way to enjoy the current crop of entertainment content on the web or DVDs without proprietary code of some kind. I don't like this but it is necessary and I don't like being told no by FOSS people anymore than I like being told no by proprietary people. Freedom is about choice for the user academic arguments are great, but ultimately pragmatism will win. Terrible software will die. There has been a lot of bad software written both free and proprietary, in the end the best stuff tends to win not the freest or the most proprietary.