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With no economical incentive to raise and slaughter cows, we'll just kill them all, and re-purpose the land to grow beef in vats.
A product of the intellect can never be property, in the sense that it is not a tangible thing.
At most, information can be hidden or restricted in some sense, but eventually it will either be completely lost, or be completely free.
Think of it like water in the wilderness, always flowing to the sea.
We humans can pick it up, bottle it, sell it, etc. etc, but eventually it will return to nature, and water is a lot more tangible than some idea someone thought up, or some arrangement of bits in a computer.
So, as long as people are trying to restrict the free flow of knowledge/ideas, other people will pirate and copy and do whatever they can get away with.
This is how it is.
What we really need is that a motherboard or laptop with secureboot on must be labeled as such.
I got an HP ENVY dv7, and it took me nearly an hour to get it to boot linux from the CD-ROM, and then another bit of time to re-partition to non GPM...
If I knew just how hard they are trying to keep the laptop windows only, I would have bought something else.
The only real way of knowing that before turning on the hardware is by a sticker on it at the shop: "Trusted Computing/ Secureboot" on this computer... then I would be able to effectively vote with my wallet, and I am sure that I am not alone.
Sure it uses a lot of system resources, but as a video editor, I have a lot of resources spare, and I enjoy the eye-candy.
Besides, not many distrobutions do not supply KDE in some form.
If Linux had a multibillion dollar industry advertizing it, it would be where Android is today. In fact, Android is a rather good example of what I am talking about.
So, If you DO have a gripe about the Linux desktop, file some bugs, or, if you are able, write some apps. Make it into something you enjoy using, and most probably someone else might do the same.
Anyways, what is it with the Linux on the Desktop crusade for the last week? People will use what they want. If you want to have more people using Linux, advertize it.
I was forced to use Windows 7 from a fresh install the other day. What a mess! Nothing worked, and no apps were installed. Then the constant nagging that I might be using counterfeit software until I had a network connection and could register the software online. Then drivers had to be downloaded for everything, and windows carried on nagging about firewalls and anti-virus....
As a happy Linux user, I can tell you that you don't miss the real freedom Linux gives you until you have to use a lesser OS.
Don't change a thing about linux, and it's desktop.... just wait for people to cotton on to what it is that makes it far superior to anything else out there.
There's absolutely zero excuses for why an app written three years ago shouldn't run fine today. None. If MS and Apple can do it, then so can you.
But it's worse than that. Writing a GUI application that runs just on the past two or three versions of Ubuntu requires writing your own compatability layers, or at least peppering your code with #defines. Why on earth would we want to put this burden on application developers?
Well, zero excuses apart from this little thing we call progress. When you make an omelet, you have to break some eggs.
The way UNIX is designed is to have multiple libraries installed alongside each other, and applications taking advantage of the newer features provided in the newer libraries.
This is how it works, and it's been working fine since before Microsoft nicked a windowing interface.
The average linux user don't notice all of this, as a distribution maintainer already did all the hard work, and packaged it up nice for you.
So, all this FUD is getting a little tiresome.
I am a distribution maintainer, and honestly, none of this is a big issue.
In fact, I see a lot of reports that Linux is exceptionally easy to develop on, and that does not surprise me one little bit.
Most of the developers in Linux could not care less what you use on your desktop, and conversely they do not care about your opinion of what they use on their desktop.
This "Desktop war" only exists in the minds of people that feel threatened by what's running on someone else's desktop.
KDE has been my default desktop for many years, and it does everything I need, and looks great doing it. I have yet to visit one site where flash player from Adobe does not work. libreoffice is damn close to M$, and the differences there is only because M$ does not follow any standard when making their applications, not even the standards they have written. You can hardly blame Linux or any of the applications it runs natively for the lock-in tactics of Microsoft.
For me, at least, I don't see a reason to add to Apple's war chest, or support Microsoft when both of them use the money to harm the computing field in general. This means I can't play EVERY game out there, but there are a lot of games that run natively in Linux, and a mind-boggling amount that will run fine in wine or dosbox.
I am an avid photographer and video editor, and DigiKam and Kdenlive has me covered there.
There is only one reason I have a dual boot partition to Windows 7. I have an anrdoid phone that only allows it's firmware to be updated in Windows. Same with the linux based GPS I have. It's a slap in the face from the developers of these devices, and if there were any linux only options, I would buy those devices instead.
I guess what I am trying to say is this:
Vote with your wallet, and only support companies which have business practices that you approve of. There is something about voting that seems to be lost on some countries. Sure you only have one voice... but that voice counts. Vote for something you agree with, no matter if it's the third/last whatever. When enough people agree with you, that underdog BECOMES the leading party... but this won't happen unless you vote properly, instead of the lesser of two evils. (Ms/apple or rep/dem)
As an employed person, I spend money on games, and have bought games for linux in the past.
If Valve can make more games work on my desktop, and make the process of getting said games to my desktop, they deserve my money.
Why did the Islamist extreme folks start wanting us dead? Who kicked that off, and what the hell is it all about?
You meddle. Having the benefit of living very far away from both the US and the far east, I can see this. They hate you for coming from your fat rich economy and telling them what to do, and forcing them to sell their oil cheaply, btw.
Think of it like this: Would you be happy if Europeans started telling you to lower your living standards and work for minimum wage because they need things cheaper over there?