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View Poll Results: How do you feel about open source versus freeware (closed-source)?
I never use anything that I can't get the source of. 0 0%
I prefer to use open source, but I'm willing to use freeware if there isn't another option. 20 90.91%
I use Windows, but only use open source applications. 0 0%
I use Windows, and prefer open source but am willing to use freeware if necessary. 1 4.55%
I don't care, as long as I don't have to pay and it works. 1 4.55%
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Old 03-18-2014, 05:18 PM   #16
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I found that the options did not accurately state my case. I prefer Open Source software but it is rare these days that there is no option so to be blunt, I use what works best for me. In fact I think that's healthy for FOSS. Otherwise there grows a tendency to accept mediocrity. I actually am confident that FOSS can compete with Proprietary with no inherent need for subsidizing. I just choose a platform where the need for anything proprietary is as limited as possible - Linux.
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Originally Posted by frankbell View Post
I have used the Opera browser for years, and it's not open source. I also recommend various freeware applications for Windows users, such as Foxit Reader in lieu of Acrobat Reader.


Today, I had my first encounter with the new Opera on my daughter's Windows box. It was . . . disturbing. I think I now understand this.
Sadly, I've had to abandon Opera. Like you, I really like the old version, but the new one just isn't what I want (also being diplomatic ). What struck me at the time was: if Opera had been Open Source, such a radical change of direction would have resulted in a fork, and I wouldn't have lost the use of a long cherished application.


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