Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Offense or Defense?

My brain tends to generate a lot of questions all day long. This latest one has me thinking. Should Open-Source software go more on the offensive and point out any of the faults of proprietary software? Should a website be generated that continuously runs ads pointing out that proprietary software is less-customizable, less secure from virus threats,  and doesn't want to be shared? Another part of an ad compaign that would be essential is the fact that very little proprietary software programmers interact with the consumer.Too many folks spend a lot of money to purchase software, whether its a game or a piece of utility software only to discover bugs in it and not be able to do anything about it. Maybe those programmers are out there that like to get feedback and immediately help the consumer but I haven't witnessed any yet. On the flip side, I use finance software called wxBanker. This is a simple tool, but effective. It allows me to see where my money is going without too many buttons to push and so on. Point is, I had an issue that was at the time distinctive to my computer and my situation. I emailed the wxBanker programmer and he responded in due time and fixed my issue. Why would he be willing to help out some random soul when he won't gain from it? Could it be the humanity in him? Would proprietary software programmers respond if they had the chance to?

I'm not sure if going on the offense and pointing out the negatives is the answer or if playing defense and always being criticized is the most effective stance to take.

Source of negatives about proprietary software:

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