The Free Source Bigot's Perfect Desktop is... ?
I know it's not the point of the weblog, but a paragraph just jumped out at me.
For me, the perfect destkop has already been built: Mac OS X. Yes, I know of the inconsistencies in this (I'm a free source bigot and Apple may well be the most proprietary company on the planet, in more ways than source code). I just can't help it.
— Matt Asay, The Open Road
If you really wanted to help it, you could. When you find yourself replacing Apple's proprietary applications with software that respects your freedoms, it's time to switch.
Maybe you're not a freedom guy. Maybe you promote open source because you believe that it makes demonstrably better software, through the process of user feedback and enlightened self-interest leading to greater contributions of code, bugs, documentation, and support.
Maybe there's a third possibility I don't see... but it seems a bit inconsistent to suggest that there's a perfect desktop already, one which leaves you no choice as to what to support..
All ideologies are wrong. All of them. It's inherent in what an ideology is that it severely restricts ways of thinking about problems and how to solve them. Ideologies aren't wrong because they have no virtues, they are wrong because they are incapable of recognizing their own flaws and limitations.
@s0, that's kind of a specious argument. I have a difficult time listening to a free software pundit who doesn't respect his own freedom enough to use free software where possible (and it's perfectly possible to buy a laptop with only free software installed; I do that), and I'm starting to have trouble listening to open source advocates who say that the open source model produces better software if they're not willing to participate in developing the software even by using that software.