On Fri, Sep 17, 2010 at 7:57 AM, Robin Schwab <contact(a)robinschwab.ch> wrote:
On 17.09.2010 00:13, David Gerard wrote:
On 16 September 2010 19:02, Neil
> I have frequently had to tell people "sorry, that's impossible" when
> working with a proprietary tool. When we are working with free tools,
I'm a sysadmin. Proprietary tools are the
bane of my existence and the
object of considerable fear and loathing. They are to be avoided as
That is what I found a bit sad in this discussion: It's based on "fear
and loathing" instead of user-centered delivery of the best service. In
this case we told the people "sorry, that's impossible" because any
proprietary tool is /tabu/.
The fear and loathing comes from experience.
Lots of effort is 'wasted' on implementing proprietary solutions.
They may give short term advantages in user-experience, however that
user-experience is then tied to the release schedule and whims of the