I certainly see the value in Open Source (and I support it myself), but I believe there is a point where advocacy can go beyond reason. To me, for the most part software is about functionality, not (usually) about philosophy -- I will use the software that works best ...
As an example, Lame is open source, but not free software.
Originally posted by Jon Ingram MPC is in a slightly different category -- you might not be able to *encode* in the future, but you will at least be able to *decode*.
Originally posted by Gabriel Just a personal comment: open source is different from free software.I believe in open source, but not in free software.Open source just means that you can see the source code. To my mind, this is a key point for open knowledge.On the other hand, free software is a philosophical thing where you believe that every software should be totally free (both in price and freedom), and reject "non-free" software.As an example, Lame is open source, but not free software.