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

Subject: Re: On illegal software in an academic assignment ...
From: Owen Green (
Date: Mon Nov 14 2005 - 06:13:33 EST

Richard Wentk wrote:
> At 06:41 14/11/2005, you wrote:
>> >
>> > If you look at the VST plug-in market
>> ... you'll find loads that don't work properly in this app or that.
> Mostly the open source ones, I'd guess.

Not IME - my (legit) GRM tools cause my (legit) Nuendo to melt down with
tedious inevitability on my (legit) Windows XP, for example.

It's one thing to claim that OSS suffers from a lack of apps of direct
interest to the non-geeky user, although that is becoming less true than
you to think. It is quite another to contiually assert that OSS is of
lower quality, which just isn't true at all - often quite to the
contrary, in mature active projects. I don't know if you've seen much
closed commercial code, but FWIW I've seen much, much more hideous
things in that environment going to, and remaining in production than
would survive for very long at all in a _healthy well scruntinised OS
codebase_ (which isn't to say all are). Closed source has no
verification path at all for the quality of the result - it's luck of
the draw (and the Glourious Market isn't in any way reliable in weeding
out the awful). OSS does at least provide the means to verify quality,
but that isn't the same as gurranteeing it in all cases, and nobody
sensible would claim that it is.

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