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I think that once we remove the politics from open vs. closed source software and consider which option is offering the most appropriate value for what we need, the choice is clear.

If you have specific requirements that dictate that using the open source alternative simply isn't practical, then clearly buying the proprietary application is the way to go. But this mindset of "make it easy because I'm lazy" is utter nonsense.
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I liked the end conclusion the best, its a short read, wasn't new worthy and since we don't have a "open source" section, linux is close enough for me

the article overall doesn't offer much of real terms, just some of the author's observations when using the different open source alternatives to the closed source brethen.
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When it comes down to Word vs LibreOffice Writer, the biggest differences are missing features on the LibreOffice side. The biggest features missing from Writer are a grammar check tool, as well as some difficulty with docx page layout when importing from an existing MS Word document.
This is the major issue I see on the business side. If you rely on editing Office documents in a professional atmosphere, OpenOffice or LibreOffice just don't cut it. You don't have time to fix formatting errors when you need to open a document, edit it and export to PDF in the next 5 minutes. I've tried - I don't want to troubleshoot my tools at work.

For personal use, I'd never purchase Office, I'd use open source.

Same with proprietary software. A lot of it is designed to work in a specific scenario where people don't have time or money to work around missing features or sacrifice compatibility. Since most of the world uses windows and Office, that is the Defacto standard and will be until more than half the people out there are using something else.

As for GIMP - the cost is the dealbreaker. Photoshop is a more functional program, better laid out. However the price tag is ridiculous to recommend over GIMP for the home user. Most professionals will opt for Photoshop due to the familiarity of the interface and the guaranteed compatibility with the files they will be working with.

I like open source, but it isn't always better.
    
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This is the major issue I see on the business side. If you rely on editing Office documents in a professional atmosphere, OpenOffice or LibreOffice just don't cut it. You don't have time to fix formatting errors when you need to open a document, edit it and export to PDF in the next 5 minutes. I've tried - I don't want to troubleshoot my tools at work.

For personal use, I'd never purchase Office, I'd use open source.

Same with proprietary software. A lot of it is designed to work in a specific scenario where people don't have time or money to work around missing features or sacrifice compatibility. Since most of the world uses windows and Office, that is the Defacto standard and will be until more than half the people out there are using something else.

As for GIMP - the cost is the dealbreaker. Photoshop is a more functional program, better laid out. However the price tag is ridiculous to recommend over GIMP for the home user. Most professionals will opt for Photoshop due to the familiarity of the interface and the guaranteed compatibility with the files they will be working with.

I like open source, but it isn't always better.
Pretty much my sentiments. I just wish MS didn't have such a pull on the education system.
     
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I don't particularly care which software development method is used, as long as the program works and works well. If I have to pay for it oh well, it wasn't my time invested in the development so therefore I owe someone for buying essentially their time from them. However price tags and laws regarding EULA's are ridiculous. Quite honestly I think M$ and other Tech companies EULA's are way too binding. Okay I get it you don't want them to regurgitate your code and make a profit (similar to what Oracle is doing to RHEL) but suing those whom modify their code for their purpose with no intent of resale is ridiculous...
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I really hate when they diminish open source solutions for problems with compatibility with proprietary formats. Maybe they should bash the proprietary solutions for not respecting standards? And being usually messy in the case of Microsoft...
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