Free is too expensive (Economist)
Posted Mar 31, 2012 16:25 UTC (Sat) by khim
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In my experience, that's not always true. For example, once I was developing a program on OpenJDK 6 for Linux and tried to run it on a Mac, only to find that this machine was running an older version of Mac OS X with an older JDK that didn't have one of the methods I was using, and that the only way to get a newer JDK was to upgrade to a new Mac OS X version or download or compile a build of OpenJDK that would run on this version (and I'm not sure if this latter option was actually possible).
Oh, sure. That's the flip side of the coin. Because in Windows/MacOS you must support old technology (often decade old technology) thus development is nightmare. But you know what? Users don't care. And developers quickly learn to curse Bill Gates^W^W Steeve Ballmer and Steeve Jobs^W^W Tim Cook - yet still they continue to produce apps for Windows and [sometimes] MacOS because this is where users are.
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