Where did the last sentence in this summary come from? It seems to be completely contradictory to the main content. Elaborate?
This is true in what it is trying to say. I started using FOSS because it was useful, not because I had any intention of contributing. Now, I regularly file bug reports and do what I can to help out and answer the questions of others. However, "freeloaders" who stay freeloaders forever are not actually necessary, except maybe that they will tell others who will end up not being freeloaders. The bottom line is: The expectation value of helpfulness for a "freeloader" is absolutely not negative.
Turn back while you still can.
+1...I loved having an IBM logo on my computer as much as anyone, but my Lenovo ThinkPad X220 is still an excellent machine.
Mod parent up. Absolutely correct.
Fix all the drivers for basic stuff like WiFi and graphics cards FIRST. I'd rather have a desktop with little bugs and more basic features than a laptop with only partially-functioning WiFi and reduced battery life due to a poor graphics driver (as I do now).
This has all been true since it came onto the scene, but it has still made no big splash. The title of this article implies that there is something significantly new now. There's not.
This video is SO 80's/90's. Is this from 20 years ago, or is Europe just a land of America's past?
Will Linux users get totally screwed over by this over time, or are there plenty of alternative, non-Adobe plugins to display Flash? How big of a deal is this really? I'm a 100% Linux user, but I can't live without Flash in today's world, unfortunately.
Um, why do these even exist on the phones in the first place?
XP is lighter and faster than any other Windows release, while still being compatible with almost all of the software I want. I prefer an OS I can run on my crumbling 600 MHz laptop with 256 MB of RAM and on all my modern machines (inside of a VirtualBox, since I'm a Linux user).
This is exactly what I meant, but didn't have time to type. Mod parent up.
WARNING: This quiz is INSANELY inaccurate (and yes, left-leaning). Just read the first four questions and, before you answer, ask yourself: What does this have to do with MY political beliefs? You will see that the answer is (in most cases and if you're a reasonable person): NOTHING.
The subject sounds offtopic, but seriously, a clear, natural, everyday usage of the scientific method to solve problems would make your average user be capable of sending meaningful bug reports,because they would understand how problems are solved in the most general sense. They would realize that in order to diagnose where a problem is coming from, all of the possible sources of that problem must be independently tested in a controlled way. Doing that by nature makes for naturally good bug reports.