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Re: lynx-dev Concerning the use of abort in the source of lynx

From: Vlad Harchev
Subject: Re: lynx-dev Concerning the use of abort in the source of lynx
Date: Mon, 5 Jun 2000 12:59:45 +0500 (SAMST)

On Sun, 4 Jun 2000, Michael Sokolov wrote:

> <address@hidden> wrote:
> > Airplanes crash VERY infrequently.  Come up with examples of *software* 
> > failures that caused plane crashes.  It is most often hardware failure or
> > human error.

  I agree with the quoted reply from mattack - most crashes were due to human
errors (mostly in complex meteorological situtaion). I don't remember an
example of crash due to software. 

> Yeah, but if the principles of free software were also applied to other areas,
> such as hardware engineering (blueprints, schematics, etc.) and educating
> pilots, the rate of airplane crashes would certainly decrease.

  Everybody should have a choice - spartan and reliable free software or buggy
but glossy proprietary. Probably OpenSourcing is the right direction for
proprietary software. 
> Extending the principles of free software to other fields of engineering and
> science is exactly what the International Engineering and Science Task Force 
> is
> for. I already gave you a biomedical example.
> > Sheesh, I think open source software is great as much as the next guy, but
> > this idea that nothing good can come out of proprietary software, or that
> > there aren't times when proprietary software is better than free/open source
> > software is just ridiculous.
> Well, we'll just have to disagree. But there are people who agree with me. 
> RMS,
> for example, refuses to use any proprietary software for anything under any
> circumstances.

  Then he shouldn't use cellular phone, pager, modern car and washing machine
if it's true.

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