Re: 30 days trial immune to set clock back in time?

Joshua Cranmer <Pidgeot18@verizon.invalid>
Sun, 21 Sep 2008 09:40:46 -0400
<gb5isv$nst$> wrote:

On Sep 21, 1:37 am, Owen Jacobson <> wrote:

The alternative is that the first customer for a piece of software be
asked to pay for its *entire* development and subsequent customers be
licensed for free, or that all software be locked away as services.
In such a market, *no* software would be licensed to most users

Nonsense. Red Hat alone is proof to the contrary.

And the results of this are... ?

Let's compare Microsoft Excel and's Calc. Given a choice
between Excel and Calc, I would pick Excel for its UI fluidity and its
feature set (although Office 2007 managed to completely mangle the UI,
but I digress). In fact, Calc has yet to match the same feature set that
Excel 95 had. Despite being open source and financially supported by a
major company (Sun).

As I said before, most open source software tends to be crap.

Relying on open-source communities to drive for-pay software out of
business is a pipe dream, because the kind of applications people pay
money for - word processors, video games, design and editing tools,
contact managers - are either uninteresting problems (word processing)
or require skills that are not readily available for free (video

This is ludicrous, particularly since a cursory examination of the
world outside of your little hole would suffice to have alerted you to
its falsehood.

The existence of a) OO Writer and b) an assortment of free games (many
as in beer and more than a few as in speech) disprove your claims

a) OO Writer is barely manageable as a replacement for Word. The rest of
the suite becomes almost downright unusable. Have you actually USED them
as a replacement for MS Office for long periods of time?

b) Yes, there are a few free games. Most of them are crap. If you play
games of the ilk of Klondike, you can probably find good free clones.
But a game like, say, Half-Life 2?

And generally, most of the apps I have stumbled across tend to have
random glitches or numerous other bugs; at one time, I had a text
browser crashing without access to an X display.

Beware of bugs in the above code; I have only proved it correct, not
tried it. -- Donald E. Knuth

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