> Why are so many so unwilling to accept
> good software that has a price and
> closed source [code]?
Free Software moves so fast that its hard for closed companies to keep up. Ever try keeping VMware Player running on a Debian Sid box? It breaks with every kernel upgrade. I'd imagine VPN software needs similar kernel hooks; will this closed app continue to function after I update my software? I know VirtualBox will work after an update, but I don't have as much faith in VMware, especially after experience has taught me otherwise.
Also, a GNU/Linux distro includes all FLOSS app upgrades with one upgrade command (or a few mouse clicks). Will aptitude (or whatever) be able to pull in the closed-source updates? Is the vendor providing repos for their software? Is the vendor creating software versions for every useful distro out there? Because with FLOSS, the vendor doesn't need to make the versions, the distro maintainers do this (using their access to the source code).
A good GNU/Linux distro makes it so easy to install what I want and keep it all integrated and updated. This is a huge draw over OSX and Windows (one of many draws, for me). Closed-source apps remove this attractive aspect for GNU/Linux.
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