Re: CENATIC Report on the International Status of Open Source Software 2010

Such a report requires a lot of work to be able to cover the whole world accurately.

From looking at the Chinese section which is the region in the world I'm most familiar with I wouldn't trust the other sections: only 1 local GNU/Linux distribution is mentioned while China has at least 4 commercial distributions (CS2C being the one getting the highest level of government funds in 2010 - Red Flag has IIRC only 7 devs working on Linux desktop if not less this year), the described state of penetration/usage is also not on par with the reality, and then a lot of local factors are not even mentioned leading to erroneous problem descriptions and conclusions (and the site of the Beijing LUG has been bilingual until 2 months ago, when I had to remove the Chinese version due to a DB upgrade issue - putting it back is on my todo list).

So overall quite disappointing on the only place I know.


On 12/25/2010 11:55 PM, Lefty wrote:
I agree. In fact, I'd like to see the full text of Mr. Stallman's essay on why software should be free included as well, so that readers will not be misled in any way, but will understand the full import of this distinction.

I especially enjoy the discussion of how software developers are grossly overpaid and should be satisfied with making a "mere living" so as to recapture the joy of accomplishment inherent in their work.

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On Dec 25, 2010, at 7:25 AM, Richard Stallman<rms gnu org>  wrote:

Please do note that GNOME is a part of the GNU Project.
Describing it as "open source", while not false,
is partly misleading.

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