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The fallacy that if the source of a software is released, an army of free software developers will take it and improve it.

This is completely wrong, because if a developer has sufficient skills to improve a software, he probably has sufficient skills to write it in the first place. There simply aren’t any sufficiently skilled developers willing to work for free when it comes to specialized topics.

What inspired this trademark is a topic at hydrogenaudio where a developer of an audio codec which gives much better results than FLAC is wondering if he should make his codec free software. He wants to earn money from his work, or at least have the guarantee that his work will be given sufficient credit if it’s integrated in FLAC.

Lots of freetards came and told him how his life would be much better if he released the source, and how an army of developers would improve the codec :

Freetard: “Wouldn’t going open source help to improve TAK’s efficiency a lot?”

Response of the developer: “No. Sorry, but if there are so many motivated developers waiting to improve lossless codecs, then why hasn’t the very attractive FLAC project improved more efficiencywise? I can see many opportunities to improve FLAC’s speed and some to improve it’s compression efficiency without breaking the backwards compatibility.”

That pretty much says it all.

Note that freetards whining for source codes to be released generally know nothing about software development.

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#1 Posted by DrLoser on Dec 19, 2009 1:36 PM

Related to this, does anybody know what happened to the Microsoft GPLv2.2 code that went into the kernel? (

Did many eyes improve it?

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