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Revolution OS/Go Open Reaction Paper

  1. 1. TAYAO, Ada Marie S. 2008 – 16167 EDUC190 Homework Sir Noel Feria July 9, 2010 Open Source Software – Opening Possibilities Prior to watching “Revolution OS,” my take on operating systems was that aside from Mac, Windows was the best (lately I’ve viewed Mac as better than Windows). When I was in high school, we discussed other operating systems, and one of them was Linux. Since I was unfamiliar with it, I never really had a hands-on experience with it and I knew that it was free, I didn’t consider Linux as a “superior” operating system. “Revolution OS” helped me to see otherwise. It was in this documentary that I saw how Linux came to be. Apart from the journey of Linux’s development, what really struck me were the disadvantages that came with using proprietary software. I never thought about how much Windows limited my computer-related work in the sense that we users had to adjust to the programs every time they made changes. I remember having such a difficult time adjusting to the newest version of Microsoft Word after years of “fluently” using the previous version. I guess I never took it as a negative thing because I assumed it was to improve the program and make it easier for the users. I’m not implying that Windows is a “demon company.” It’s been a big aid in my requirements for school. However, having been exposed to the BIG world of open source software, buying expensive software or pirating them starts to become more of an inconvenience rather than a necessity. I do acknowledge and I think that programmers deserve to earn from their hard work in software development, but what is good about open source software is that it has been developed and improved through the cooperation of its users. Watching the documentary has made me more sensitive to my attachments in the e-mail (before I thought that the document file of Microsoft Word was the standard file type). I shouldn’t assume that everyone uses the same program. “Revolution OS” has also opened my eyes to the world of possibilities in using open source software. There is now so much open software available that I am eager to explore them, especially since I’ve been looking for a good audio editing software with many useful features, but with a user-friendly interface. I’m also excited to install the Ubuntu operating system in our computer and laptop. I was never a computer-software-explorer type of person mainly because some viruses in the internet are masked as freeware. Now that I am more knowledgeable on open source software, I think I’ll give it another go.

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