Are you one of those people who think all software should be free? I don’t like you. But that’s besides the point, I’m going to look at how your views might apply to other very similar products and maybe that will be interesting. In the paragraphs below – when I say positively ethical I mean …

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This is a vague idea I got recently and will try to work through as I’m writing this post. I got the idea in the first place is because I’ve been severely dissapointed by open source in the last few months (I’m ok now); and as the GPL fanatics are the worse of the open …

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Branches always freaked me out. From the day when I read the subversion manual I knew they are hard to deal with and the benifits are dubious. If you ever had to deal with maintaining a fork, or a project that was forked – the technical challenges are exactly the same. I imagine it’s reasonably …

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he Windows port of ISO Master is almost ready. That’s not a programmer’s amost, it really is. All the existing ISO Master functions work, I added a drive selector (that wasn’t needed on Linux), the nag screen works, and I set up a page on the website to accept payments via a credit card or …

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Well, there’s nothing seriously wrong with that screenshot – I’m talking about the picture of me working on a reasonably popular open source app for Linux (ISO Master). What’s wrong with writing open source apps for Linux? Nothing, unless you need to make money to pay your bills :) Linux users are so used to …

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Oh man, I have quite forgotten how much time I spend around really intelligent people. My decision to solicit feedback from the masses about the Executable Shell idea reminded me just how how lucky I am. In almost every place I brought it up the response was something like (actual quote): One good thing about …

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After getting a lot of feedback from a lot of people about on last post I decided this is too important an issue to let be. I am now convinced more than ever that the inability to run downloaded programs is the result of stubborness (very common in open source communities), and I have to …

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Some Windows and Mac users will be surprised at this, some will laugh – and well they should. On Linux it’s not possible to just download a program and run it, not even if it’s a program for the right platform. How stupid is that? The problem is that (probably for no-longer-relevant security reasons) any …

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