i had asked about free software; looks like you _did_ try linux, maybe
four years ago when it was even more confused kernelwise and driverwise
than it may be. try again & find someone to help install, share configs.
use your shell account, burn in on that.
> with their job. It's not actually free for MOST people. The charge
"actually" ? the us presidents want us "actually committed."
JavaTM is open source and not free software; is that why your website,
is a big blank black spot when i try to view it ?
> is useless unless you happen to have interest and time and know what
> to do with all these files and then have the software/hardware to
FreeBSD is actually free, if you have bandwidth burn a cd-r + install it,
it is complete. no re-assembly required, but you need a computer with
a hard drive and a x86 chipset .. is that difficult for many people ?
> read the gobbilty-gook and figure it out. But most folks have other
> stuff to do and no professional impetus to look at it. Somebody has
most folks are aliterate morons who cannot understand a thought that
requires more than one sentence. so what ? so, operating a command line,
and a basic knowledge of UNIX are required to play. you can be "computer
literate," or you can be interface-literate.
> nobody's buying the compiled code! who cares if it's "free"! they
> buy the thing that comes in a box, that they can install and work
i care if it's nasty and broken and subject to unpredictable behavior.
and you are right, software is an entirely technical and not aesthetic
realm - but software that works, directly and simply, destroys the
decadent beauty of software that pretends, or has committed to complexity.
> open source is a misnomer. it is only open to high level programmers.
that's right, entirely _technical. that is what computers are for,
not arts and entertainment. good free software needs few correct commands.
eg. the postfix mail server ( open source from ibm, ) - three commands
to compile and install. this is the configuration:
myhostname = diocletian.dsl.visi.com
mydomain = visi.com
masquerade_domains = visi.com
masquerade_exceptions = root,mailer-daemon
then start the server and add that command to the startup script.
you will think i am bragging, but this is indeed "high level,"
someone could demonstrate this and say to you "it just works."
what was your objection ?
> so fighting the big companies/governments who exploit it is like
> voting democrat instead of republican. lesser of two evils but still
> has no effect on the ultimate problems. In fact, one could easily
no, this was yesterday. PC vs MAC ? PC won, last i heard.
commodity software can be free. some is, and some is not. more could be.
> see (and i'm sure some do) the 'crats were invented by the 'pubs, to
> provide the illusion that we are making a choice. Open source LOOKS
there was a civil war involved. perhaps they dont watch television.
> like a friendly ideal but what's the real end result?
this is a very very noble principle.
what is the real end result of macromedia flash ?
un-readable and un-selectable text, ugly JPEGs, impoverished GUI.
name your favorite app.
> >Governments and the many idiotic (mostly) males that have cruelly
> >abused their power disappoint me greatly - I do not trust them at
> haha. An understatement on all counts!
> >>When you buy software theres all this licence thing where they
> >>stablish that you can't do any backwards engineering, well here is
> >>where this doubt in my mind appears. When you compare this
> >>prohibition and you think of DNA as an open source code to which
> >>they want to do exactly that (backwards engineering), who protects
> >>natures copyright, who collects the royalties for nature.
> and how do we know we didn't just tear open nature's envelope and not
> notice/recognize the DNA licencing agreement? We are probably
> bumbling into illegal territory constantly, completely oblivious to
> the "no trespassing" signs. And those same people who are backwards
> engineering willy nilly will be the first to whine when we get "sued"
> by some higher court.
i think you know what matters.