Joined: July 2004
||Posted: Dec. 09 2006,20:01
And I personally think you are a misguided individual =o)
There is no such thing as "too much choice". Uncle Bill has the upper hand because his business has made, and continues to make, its mark through bullying, stealing, lying, cheating, and a whole bunch of other nasty verbs that crush competition and force users into a locked-in path.
Choice is a bad thing only if you are accustomed to being told what you need, and don't have the patience or desire to do any thinking for yourself. There is no open source coffin, and no nail. Open source is becoming more widespread and more widely accepted with each new day (look through distrowatch news or groklaw sometime for examples of its continuing growth).
As I see it, the only place where too much choice might be truly getting in the way is in the area of standards, such as file formats. The more competing "standards" you have, the less they become standards and basically become the equivalent of proprietary formats. At the same time, however, I am an advocate of true freedom and feel that standards should not force anyone into a particular path. If the user (or developer) does not want to follow widely-accepted standards, that person should have the rght to go his own way.