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December 28, 2005

 

Free and Open Source

An interesting blog post is published here...
http://rpbouman.blogspot.com/

>> how can it be free of charge, and be of good quality too?
>> What's the catch?

Free and Open Source software is unbelievable and revolutionary.
Don't get surprised.

Evolving:
>> I thought I knew what the catch was: MySQL 4.0 was not that good.

Open Source software is "evolved software". It improves itself over a period of time.
If he had tested MySQL 4.1 or 5.0 his opinion would be different. :)

Open mind:
>> Of course, I just consumed the products, briefly glancing over the features.

You have to use Open Source software like firefox for a few weeks to understand it's true strength.

PHP:
>> Gradually, my attitude changed.
>> A product that definitely made a difference in this respect was PHP.

I was introduced to PHP by my web hosting company since they had installed PHP.
When you use PHP, you don't look back.

Installation time and expertise:
>> I set up in both Apache and Microsoft Internet Information Server -
>> both up and running within 10 minutes.

This is something awful about open source software. The easy way to download, the time it takes to download and install is an important aspect of any software.
Install Open Office or firefox to check what I am trying to say.


A "real" software:
>> a product that I legally did not pay for, it had clear documentation
>> AND it worked exactly as described

You got it! :)

Invisible open source:
>> I didn't know Apache was open source!

Most of the web sites are powered by open source software.
And most of us don't know that!

customer to developer:
>> my confidence in open source software has got another boost
>> by getting involved (in my own modest way) in the MySQL forums,
>> and in writing the odd blog or article.

With open source, you just don't use it but report bugs, suggest features,
help new users and finally write code!

Easy:
>> Linux for human beings that do like to configure,
>> make the OS see my hardware and solving IRQ conflicts.

Fast:
>> and how fast it works!

Community:
>> No helpdesk can beat this kind of support - it's just amazing.

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