Inside Every Black Cloud Is A Silver Lining

Non-Free software licences pose a heavy burden on users. Users give up information, rights to use their own hardware and get only restrictive access to software. Sometimes it’s a royal pain. I imagine pain is being felt by millions of users of Adobe software due to a breach of security:
“Adobe responded, confirming that the investigation has revaled that the original attackers obtained access to Adobe IDs and then-valid encrypted passwords for approximately 38 million active users.”

There is a silver lining in this of course. The number could have been hundreds of millions rather than tens. This means, for all time, we will be able to tell trolls, who thunder that GIMP cannot do stuff and that PS is ESSENTIAL, to jump in a nearby lake…

see Adobe security breach actually affected closer to 38 million users | ZDNet.

If intruders had access to 38 million active accounts, they must have had access to all of them, so now we have an upper limit on the PCs using PS out of the 1500 million PCs extant, almost. Of course, some accounts may have covered gazillions of licences, but certainly PS isn’t running around the hard drives of all the PCs out there but GIMP can. GIMP does not require a licensing agreement, nor a fee, so it works better for people who just want to use their hardware to do stuff, which is the purpose of IT. Use FLOSS. It’s the right way to do IT.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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3 Responses to Inside Every Black Cloud Is A Silver Lining

  1. WTB wrote, “There are loads of people staying on non-cloud versions of CS.”

    That may be true but I doubt those have actual accounts. Future users have to jump through more hoops. The number is still far less than the number of PCs which means that one should not use GNU/Linux because it doesn’t run PS is a myth.

  2. William Tiberius Shatner says:

    “If intruders had access to 38 million active accounts, they must have had access to all of them, so now we have an upper limit on the PCs using PS out of the 1500 million PCs extant, almost”

    That’s the lower limit. There are loads of people staying on non-cloud versions of CS.

  3. dougman says:

    sudo apt-get install gimp

    Cannot get any easier then that?

    Best comment:

    “Adobe was hacked because they failed to update the very same product they hounded us in emails over.”

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