[Linux-aus] Young Aussies say pirated software is OK

Anestis Kozakis kenosti at gmail.com
Sun Feb 8 13:33:04 EST 2009

On 2009/02/08 11:50 AM +1100, Steve Lindsay gave their opinion about 
the topic of Re: [Linux-aus] Young Aussies say pirated software is 
>On Sun, Feb 8, 2009 at 11:34 AM, Anestis Kozakis <kenosti at gmail.com> wrote:
>>  How much clearer can I make this?
>It's like, how much more clear could this be? And the answer is
>none... none more clear.

I wasn't saying we should ram anything down anyone's throat.  I'm not 
saying Linux Australia should go en-masse and change my friends mind.

I was just trying to say there are people who have had problems with 
badly written free software (be it open source or closed source). 
And there are people, like my friend, who have the idea that 
open-source/free software equals bad software.

The original thread (and this is why I posted, because it has to do 
with the original thread) was about the cost of software.  Bring into 
this the cost of badly written free software (open or closed source) 
and the amount of man-hours needed to fix the problem, maybe Linux 
Australia and other Open Source Initiatives (of which there are 
representatives on this list I imagine) should look at a strategy of 
targeting and educating the above-mentioned people.

Something along the lines of "Have you been bitten by badly -written 
or mis-behaved free software.  Try instead XXXX, which is community 
supported and continually developed" (just as an example).

Is this clear enough?  Is this something Linux Australia and 
associated Open Sourve Intitiatives can think about?

I was trying to make a point that no matter how badly bitten someone 
has been, provided they are targeted the right way, we might be able 
to bring some of them around.  Maybe not my friend, bit others.  Who 
knows, some might become converts and start converting their friends.

Have I made my point clear?  If not, just forget I said anything.  I 
was trying to help on this list in some way after lurking so long.

>- Steve

Scissorsmith - "At the fork in the road, take the rocky path.  it 
will lead you to the dragon's lair",
Samurai Jack - "Where does the other path go?"
ScissorSmith - "Space Ace".
-- Samurai Jack, Episode XXI

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