Nobody likes to be called a dummy by a dummy.

OSS

As in Open-Source Sucks.

Why?

You weenies spend countless hours toiling over stuff and making all these wonderful (AND FREE!) tools and applications. Then in some near-sighted (or elitist) maneuver, your deployment methodology requires great feats of endurance. It's as though to use your app one must first prove their own mettle through a battle of will.

Not to say that all of it is like that, but just about everything I've tried to do involving open source lately has been like this.

The thought occurs to me that maybe, just maybe, more people would jump on the bandwagon and ride your wave of socialism if you guided them to the beach. Or even let them know a beach exists! Gahhh....
Permalink Send private email JoC 
July 6th, 2007 5:02pm
I want my rant back!!!
Permalink 1997 
July 6th, 2007 5:04pm
It didn't sound original when I was typing it.

I think it is more frustrating because I just do not get the logic of it. Lets all work real hard on something we'll ultimately give away for free, but limit the feasibility of use to a very small subset of potential users...? Why?

Or is it just a symptom of GPL/source-control/source-distribution?

Since they don't make millions can they just not afford the bandwidth of all that untapped potential userbase?
Permalink Send private email JoC 
July 6th, 2007 5:32pm
Do have a specific example that you're working with here because it what you are saying doesn't apply to all OSS projects.
Permalink Send private email Wayne 
July 6th, 2007 6:05pm
It's because OSS projects don't have BAs or PMs

So they end up writing software that only their geeky friends could love.

GnuCash being a case in point.  Lots of people dislike Quicken and/or Money, but not enough to put up with GnuCash.

http://www.au.gnucash.org/images/gnome-1.6/stock-journal.gif
Permalink Send private email xampl 
July 6th, 2007 8:05pm
sudo aptitude install wesnoth

yeah. that was fucking hard :)
Permalink Send private email Masiosare 
July 6th, 2007 10:50pm
JoC: I agree with you.  There is nothing that pisses me off more than blatanly stupid software.  Just recently I tried to install mysql-python and couldnt get anything to work with it.  So I went with "apt-get install python-mysqldb" (ubuntu).  Basically ubuntu figured out all the correct dependencies.  Why the pure python-mysql wouldnt work for shit.

So, there are a couple of pieces of software that are working.  There are some that are just pure hack jobs (including some my crap out there).

And I will agree that well packaged/well-mainatined open source projects are in the minority.  The problem is that most companies dont take open source software seriously.  IBM/Google are invested in OSS while the majority of companies aren't.  And I dont know about you, but good developers are working at companies that could easily be allocated to work on various OSS projects.  But companies don't see a need.  I think that is the main issue.

Some notables.

Linux Kernel
Firefox
Open Office
Permalink Bot Berlin 
July 6th, 2007 10:55pm
Why don't you tell us how you REALLY feel?
Permalink Michael B 
July 6th, 2007 10:56pm

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