Yet another article purporting to show that GNU/Linux is not making it on the desktop…
- LibreOffice – “The biggest features missing from Writer are a grammar check tool, as well as some difficulty with docx page layout when importing from an existing MS Word document.” Hey! Some of us can use language properly and if everyone in the organization uses LibreOffice, where’s the problem?
- Gimp – “Gimp wins in the price category while Photoshop offers some “extras” that many people have deemed critical. I tend to believe most of these people simply prefer to use what’s familiar to them. Your own experiences may vary.” I have to agree with that.I have not, in a decade, needed to use PhotoShop, and the time I was forced to use it, the interface was unfamiliar…
- Browsers – “Firefox has more available browser add-ons than any other browser out there. Google’s Chrome might be catching up, but I believe that Firefox is still the winner in terms of raw add-on numbers.”
- Free v non-Free – “Microsoft Windows is a screaming example of this problem. It offers only slight improvements to get you to spend more money on something that, honestly, wasn’t needing to be replaced in the first place. It’s even worse when you find yourself needing to buy new hardware two years later as there’s some new “feature” that requires the latest thing from partner hardware vendors.” Amen.
Just when I’m thinking this guy is on the right track, he makes this faulty conclusion:“There are countless times where using the freely available, open source alternative would indeed work just fine for the majority of software requirements. I believe that by working together, both proprietary/closed source and open source software have a place in this world. Because embracing both options when appropriate translates into true software freedom.”
The symbol for “argument” in Chinese is two women under one roof… Free and non-Free should not be embraced equally. Make FLOSS the default and only when absolutely necessary use non-Free. That’s a better way to do IT than to have a workable system and still prop up the monopolies. I have adminstered small and medium sized systems in schools. Administering that other OS was ten times the effort and cost (time, money) than FLOSS. Embracing that other OS and all its baggage is not freedom. Then there are the great advantages of FLOSS in flexibility of usage and distribution. It’s no contest. Use Free Software. I recommend Debian GNU/Linux.