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Re: Why no Opera?

On Sunday 09 September 2007 20:11:26 Manoj Srivastava wrote:
> On Sun, 09 Sep 2007 18:19:28 +0100, David Given <dg@cowlark.com> said:
> > I'd suggest that because it strongly benefits us if Opera continues to
> > listen to our suggestions, it would not be a good idea not to attempt
> > to throw our weight around --- we don't have any...
>         I think Opera, being closed source, harms us as a community, so
>  I also take exception to this remark.

* You may have a point since
   + a browser is perceived as core IT infrastructure which should remain free
   + we are investing our time in threads like this one
* but it may pay well of for us since
   + Firefox developers should all know what to compete against, free closed 
source programs are a means to communicate concepts and benchmarks between 
   + Large close source products are all likely to feature some bits that may 
be open sourced. A company may hence decide to dissect its application into 
money making closed source bits and such that it may profit from by sharing 
their seed development with the community. Such a decision, from which the 
community I feel certain to profit, are certainly made more easily made when 
having some contacts with the community already. And Debian can be very proud 
of its community. Quite a number of IT managers out there may be interested 
in getting their developers in contact with us to ease the cross-platform 
compatibility of their developments, receive patches or to passively educate 
their developers in some way or for some extra motivation or .... donno.
   + Debian gets quite some promotion and acceptance with every commercial 
product that is supported for it. This will not only attract more users but 
also more developers.

I admit. Very deeply in me I wished that Opera would find a way to make the 
same (or even more) money with an open source product of theirs. And I'd also 
wished that the closed source products more deeply associated with Debian are 
further away from the IT core infrastructure. I personally see this thread 
and what might follow as a trial baloon. If there are such baloons with 
Debian logos are floating around already then a Wiki page gathering these 
should be of our benefit.



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