Micro$oft Biz'droid Lusers (was: OT email response format)

From: Richard Erlacher <edick_at_idcomm.com>
Date: Sun Apr 21 11:17:56 2002

You can get the same software for UNIX, if you don't mind the $250K pricetag.
You won't get the source code there, either, of course, but I doubt you'd
expend 200 man-years developing a piece of software at your expense and then
give away the source code. If you did, your shareholders would tar and
feather you.

People like the software for FPGA's and CPLD's because it's either free or
under $100 US. There are so many high-quality 805x compilers that are
"freeware" or "shareware" that I can't see any reason one would want one of
the $2000 types, unless he was convinced he could make his work easier by
spending that money. If people would keep after the producers of the
purportedly faulty software, it would get fixed. Vendors of shoddy software
rely on the fact that people buy their products under the mistaken notion that
it will do their work for them, knowing that, when the end-user finds out it's
not so, he'll be too embarassed to complain that the product doesn't work any
better than the comparable freeware product.

There is a demo version of nearly every high-cost ($2000 isn't that high, btw,
though the Windows environment has made it so.) Get a comparable product for
UNIX, and you'll get no improvement, nor will you get source. All you'll get
is a bigger bill.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Ben Franchuk" <bfranchuk_at_jetnet.ab.ca>
To: <classiccmp_at_classiccmp.org>
Sent: Sunday, April 21, 2002 10:01 AM
Subject: Re: Micro$oft Biz'droid Lusers (was: OT email response format)

> Dave McGuire wrote:
> > (The guy sitting across the room from me is writing some firmware for
> > the project we're working on. A $2000 commercial 8051 C compiler (for
> > Windows of course, the land of commercial software) just crashed
> > because a function in the code it was compiling wasn't prototyped. If
> > this weren't commercial bullshit, I'd have the source code, and I'd
> > have fixed the bug in ten or fifteen minutes. But noooooo, that bug
> > will be there for at least the next year. Some people just like
> > commercial crap...I will never figure out why.)
> >
> My gripe is that even if you develop new hardware using FPGA/CPLD's you
> are still tied to windows crap, because the manufactures will not
> release the programing information for said devices.
> --
> Ben Franchuk - Dawn * 12/24 bit cpu *
> www.jetnet.ab.ca/users/bfranchuk/index.html
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