Wait no longer, young jedi.
Originally Posted by Lord Kalthorn
Does nobody else see that Dual-Booting is just a non-naked form of Whoring yourself out?
Choose one for goodness sake! (Not directed at Inimino who we know only uses Linux
just at the general mass (of people who use Computers often for fun, not of the Public) who think Linux is cool and so they use it to say they use it, but still use Windows).
Its not right I tells you!
I don't have Windows installed on any of my systems, but I do run a variety of operating systems and user interfaces including FreeBSD, GNU on Linux, GNU on Darwin, and the Mac OS X native GUI interface on Darwin.
Some people need to have Windows around, perhaps because someone else in the family uses it, or because they have programs that only run on it, or hardware that only it has drivers for, or they just don't know enough about other operating systems yet to realize that alternatives can do everything they need.
Other people want to have Windows around because they like to play computer games and some games only run on Windows.
It's best to use one computer for Linux and one for Windows if you need both, but not everyone has that option.
In my last post I wrote about how nice it is when you have at least two computers and at least one laptop.
If you only have one computer you can use, dual-booting gives you the option of trying Linux without completely wiping your Windows installation, and for many people that is the best option.
Not that I care about phpBB - but how many not lodged in the problems of PHP in general are there for vBulletin? The obviously more powerful and generally considered superior Closed-Source alternative.
And even some for PHP - how many for ASP.NET?
I'm not a huge fan of phpBB or of PHP.
As for .NET, I have reason to believe it will be considered obsolete rather soon, so I have no interest in it.
Just because open-source development is better by nature doesn't mean that all open-source software is better.
For people without the ability and willingness to learn PHP programming or hire a programmer, phpBB has little benefit over vBulletin.
The choice of a programming language for a particular project is complex, and it is impossible to reduce these decisions to a simple statement like "Language X is better than language Y".
Any statement as simple as that on such a complex issue will be wrong in more contexts than it will be right.
The Four Freedoms of You and Everyone is a euphemism for people who want to make their theories heard.
Your statement makes little sense to me.
It's possible that you just don't understand the freedoms under discussion, and it's possible that you don't understand the word "euphemism". I can't tell which.
Its a way of making the simpler people who aim for the knowledge of the people who devised this phrase go for their software instead of Technically Superior Software (Technical being my euphemism for things like spectrum, mass, coding and vision).
This leads me to think it's the meaning of the word "euphemism" that you don't quite understand, because it doesn't make much sense here either.
Maybe what you are trying to say is that people use the idea of these freedoms to trick people into using inferior software.
I won't respond to that, because you still haven't stated yourself clearly enough for me to respond to anything.
These Freedoms are worthless; because two of the things on your Four Freedoms few enough people can do.
In some countries, few people can read.
Is the freedom to own books therefore worthless in those countries?
Freedoms are things everybody can do regardless of ability or knowledge or disembowelment.
Again, I won't respond to the content until you can state it clearly.
"Freedom" has a range of meanings, as you can easily see:
"Disembowelment" has a specific and well-defined meaning:
I can't tell if you don't know what "disembowelment" means or if you actually meant to say that, but the sentence is gibberish to me.
If you can write something that isn't gibberish to me, I'll be able respond to what you meant rather than the way in which you wrote it.
The third of these is Plagiary - the distribution of somebody's work without their consent or regards.
In English, the word is "plagiarism", and it seems that you have a close-to-correct idea of what that word means, but apparently you still should consult a definition before using it in a sentence:
You'll learn that a key part of the idea of plagiarism is taking someone else's work and passing it off as your own.
This has nothing to do with Free Software, which is just one of several reasons why the idea of plagiarism is totally irrelevant in this discussion.
That leaves only the Freedom to run the Software; which Closed Source Software provides the ability to do.
This freedom, the freedom to run the software, seems so simple and obvious.
One would almost wonder why it needs to be said.
Closed-source software companies do not recognize your freedom to run software.
This leads to an interesting distinction between two possible answers to a simple question:
Is my installation of application X legal?
Answer, when application X is Free Software:
"Yes, it is."
Answer, when application X is not Free Software:
Whether your installation is legal depends on the requirements of the software license granted you buy your application vendor, or possibly by a VAR or other third party.
First, you have to understand the terms of the license itself which either grant or fail to grant legal rights to run the software.
You have to accept largely fictitious and poorly-defined meanings of terms like "copy" and "installation" and "software product" and keep these meanings in mind throughout the rest of the investigation.
If your license is conditional, e.g. on the purchase of hardware, on inclusion within a software bundle, on an ongoing service contract, or on any other condition, you must verify that those conditions pertain at any given time before making any judgment of the legality or illegality of your use of the installation of said software at said time.
(Your use of your installation installation may be legal at some time, and illegal at another time.)
The legality of your installation depends on the laws of your country.
When you are traveling, the laws which apply are not always clear.
If you want to be sure that using your copy of application X is legal, you must gather facts, create a body of supporting evidence, understand the laws and the license(s) which may apply in your jurisdiction and the relevant time frame, and then apply your understanding to the facts to determine whether your installation is legal.
If you want to be sure, and the situation is non-trivial, you have to get a lawyer involved.
So, that's a very abbreviated version of the proprietary, closed, non-Free Software answer to the question: "Is my installation of application X legal?"
Pick any Free Software you like, such as GNU Emacs (a text editor) or Mozilla Firefox (a browser).
You want to know if you can legally use it, if the author gives you permission to run it?
The Free Software answer is short and to the point: "Yes".
The other answer is long, complicated, and can only be summarized by saying "ask a very expensive lawyer if you need to know".
This is why we actually have people talking about "software licensing compliance audits" with a straight face and why businesses spend a lot of money on very expensive lawyers, license compliance audits, and other costs ancillary to the licensing of proprietary software.