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  • Closed source has some other disadvantages apart from reliability and price issues.

    One of my biggest problems with closed source is how it reduces my ability to use software I have paid for.

    • I have several legit and licensed copies of the same and different versions of windows, I also had some copies. Over time I have lost most of the orginals and had to rely on copies - I got these disks with hardware, which meant I paid for them (one way or another) but know I am unable to buy Windows 98 for my machine even if I had the cash and didn't resent handing it over.
    • closed source - especially windows tends to use obscure undocumented files and keys and rubbish all over your hard drive - this makes it hard to remove / or reinstall and particularly hard to recoever from problems, and disasters.
    • Have you tried debugging or troubleshooting closed-source software : you can't ? Its next to impossible. You just have to reinstall and often lose data and settings.


    @JAPH = qw(Hacker Perl Another Just);
    print reverse @JAPH;
    • I understand where you are coming from, as I have had to deal with lots of Closed Source software. I have even debugged Closed Source libraries -- not a lot of fun.

      I helped work on copy-protection software in the 1980's, so I know first-hand about the installation problems of Closed Source software.

      I was trying to cover an issue (reliability) with Closed Source that has not been covered much. I read Slashdot, so I am reminded every day of the advantages of Open Source over Closed Source software :) My