Re: On illegal software in an academic assignment ...

Subject: Re: On illegal software in an academic assignment ...
From: Richard Wentk (
Date: Sun Nov 13 2005 - 13:20:40 EST

At 17:28 13/11/2005, you wrote:

>Ah, but there is some seriously useful free, open source stuff! Audacity?
>The Gimp? Firefox?

For some values of 'useful'. With the arguable exception of FireFox, which
seems to exist as much as an attempt at a political statement as a web
browser, in the commercial world these would all be considered budget-level
knock-off products.

I don't know anyone who works full-time in commercial audio and would
rather use Audacity or Ardour instead of ProTools. Likewise with The Gimp
vs Photoshop, POVRay/Blender vs Maya, and so on on.

There are some interesting knick-knacks and doodads in the free software
world. But there has been a *lot* more innovation and development in
commercial audio software at all levels in the last ten years than there
has been from the Open Source corner. In terms of innovation, OpenSource is
very visibly playing catch-up rather than making a serious attempt to lead.


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