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SubjectRe: bitkeeper
In article <>,
Edward S. Marshall <> wrote:
>Consider this statement from a closed-source advocate: "Even one of the
>most popular open source projects around, Linux, can't get about the
>business of developing their system without the assistance of
>commecially-developed, closed-source software. What does that tell you
>about the viability of open source software when you really need to get
>the job done?"

Derisive laughter is the worthy only response to that sort of
nonsense. If it was Richard Stallman who was using object-code-only
software, then it would be a good political point, but a lot of
people using Linux are much more pragmatic than that. Yeah, Linus
uses PowerPoint too, but Linux still has 10 million seats despite
his use of some object-code-only software.

>To more directly answer your question: if you're not really interested in
>whether the open source movement moves forward, then there's certainly
>nothing wrong with using closed development tools. But when there -are-
>open alternatives (CVS and PRCS/XDelta, for example, with suppliments such
>as Jitterbug, Bonsai, and Tinderbox), "what is wrong with using them?" :-)

If someone doesn't want to use a given tool, don't force them to use
it out of any feeling of philosophical purity.

david parsons \bi/ And, as Larry sez, if you don't like his license
\/ you _can_ write your own.
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