I hate that.
Linux comes unencumbered with Digital Restrictions Management, without the need to paff around with anti-virus software.
All the software on my Linux system comes with source code. I can change that. I can fix it when it breaks for me. I can share my changes with any one else. I'm not stuck with hanging on the phone sending the vendor data I know they won't need to solve the problem. I love all that freedom.
The Gimp is software that I am now happily familiar with, and want to improve my knowledge of.
I buy books to learn more about how to do things I want to do with the Gimp.
My hope is that money will become available to pay Gimp developers to more rapidly produce such wonderful things as the GEKL support and make the Gimp more useful to professionals as well as people like me.
I can't vote here.
If someone is paying me, then they get to say what will change. I might tweak it to do something that helps others, especially if it helps the work that pays me. And I always aim to do it right. But if no one is paying me, then the most important input is from me. If other people want something implemented, I will always listen.
But that is all obvious, isn't it?
Your brains are not special
It never ceases to amaze me how many so easily dismiss the difficulty of replicating the ability of even animal brains to control their own motion. To replicate all the abilities of the human brain is something that some young slashdotters too easily dismiss as within the reach of their peers (though not within their own personal reach).
Speaking of that, what Linux person would buy an Apple product?!
I dunno, some twit called tourvulds or summit.
If you have nothing to hide then you have no problem.
I wear clothes. I have a lot to hide.
QuickBooks has scary limits built in. They suck you in with the entry price, but at some point if your business is successful and actually has multiple customers, you will exceed the built-in limits. Then it's time to upgrade. Not "it's time to think about upgrading" you have to upgrade right away because you have exceeded the limits and the version of QuickBooks you bought won't work any more. Expect to spend several thousand dollars.
Through the preservation, classification, and dissemination of patent information, the Office promotes the industrial and technological progress of the nation and strengthens the economy.
The USPTO also disseminates patent and trademark information that promotes an understanding of intellectual property protection and facilitates the development and sharing of new technologies worldwide.
I've been told patents support innovation. I see that, in relation to software, they are used more like nuclear arsenals. Their true purpose becomes plainer.
Going out and learning on your own sounds like diligence (and may be necessary), but you have to balance that expenditure of time and (possibly) money against what you are getting in return. If you are spending more in terms of money or opportunity cost than your pay is increasing, you are effectively lowering your salary. That might be better than losing your salary altogether, but it is not a desirable situation.
It's desirable if you like doing that. I do.
K. Y. Srinivasan topped the list of changeset contributors with a massive set of cleanups to the Microsoft HV driver in the staging tree; it's impressive to see how much cleanup less than 15,000 lines of code can require.
It appears that Microsoft's contribution needed a lot of cleaning up to bring it up to scratch.
I know many younger than me who are unwilling to learn new skills to augment their knowledge of Cobol and Foxpro. Their own lack of spirit condemns them.
I know people nearly as old as me who are nearly as passionate as I am to learn new skills, who are eminently employable.
The smart employer wants people who care and are able to do the work well.
Some employers are smart.
I was 53 when I changed from my job as a lecturer in a vocational college in Hong Kong, teaching computing, electrical engineering and systems administration for eleven years, to working as a hands-on engineer doing plenty of interesting software development in a large ISP in Australia. I have thrived since the change, and feel less stressed, not having to mark so many assignments, and not having to deal directly with plagiarism while hiding it from the administration, who pretend that it does not exist.
I love my work still, more than five years later, and enjoy working with free software; this allows me to produce solutions to problems without requiring support from management, except for paying for my labour.
I might add that although I am now close to 60 years old, I still ride my bicycle 160 km each week, and have a lot of energy and enthusiasm.
Also the subjects I taught and wrote the teaching material and practical laboratory exercises for apply very directly to what I do in my work.
I feel very lucky. Please do not listen to all the negative comments you see here, moderated as 'insightful'; if you have the enthusiasm, go for it. You will feel sorry if you don't.