Originally Posted by jawang
No, that's really NOT a reasonable position to take. Open source is proof that community support is invaluable. In many cases, you can get exactly what you want, but it takes time. This is directly comparable to DIY in high end audio. I use windows most of the time because it saves time, but honestly I've never had an issue with linux that couldn't be resolved with open source software or emulators
You're sounding old hat and er, typical, in that I've heard that speak
Open source has its place, no doubt. I have no problem with the concept, can appreciate and have taken advantage of where it works very well. However, I can also appreciate where it fails, and hasn't been the saviour of software development to the satisfaction of end user needs.
In the same way, commercial software has it's place, no doubt. I have no problem with the concept, have benefited from it, and can appreciate where it fails
to always encourage software development to the satisfaction of end user needs.
I've had very positive experiences in the past with commercial, open source, or free for use but closed source software. However, I'll maintain that none have been perfect for me since none have been developed just for me and I've never met a set of developers who were prepared, and quite reasonably so, to cater to my own unique and peculiar needs.
OTOH, consider this... there are many herd mentalities. Be careful not to fall in the clutches of one. There's a distinct advantage to this mind you, in that you'll more often find your needs and views aligned with a particular group which makes you easier to please. Additionally, you have company and don't feel alone with your views. The support is there, if you will. Very comforting situation to be in.
However, there's the independent, more balanced view. One borne of the freedom of independent thinking. Takes more courage, but it's far better and discourages damaging, wayward group speak and think.
I've long been liberated from OS and software company allegiance. These are just tools and if it works OK, I'll use it. If it doesn't, I'll not. This business about Apple this and Apple that, OSS this, OSS that etc. etc. are just a reflection of one's own attitude. I suggest examining it very carefully.
End of soap box...
Your OSS comments brought this out. I couldn't help it.
I seem to have fallen in the clutches of the head-fi group think/speak and am trying to get myself out. I'm not at all speaking as an outsider here. Afterall, I have 5 cans and am ordering another one.
Check out the chaos on TTVJ's website over some B-Stock HF-2's. I had considered diving in and the voice of pragmatism and reason spoke.