[linux-elitists] When do you bail on a new free software/open source program?

Don Marti dmarti at zgp.org
Wed Jul 29 15:30:52 PDT 2009

There's way too much free or open source software out
there to actually try all of it, even the packages
that look like they might be useful.

So where do you lose interest in, or stop working
with, a new program?

0. Read a whole web page or list posting about how
   nifty it is.

1. Read some documentation (and, if it's a language
   or library, a short code example.)

2. Install a package or build from source.

3. Configure the new software.

4. Do a small task with the new software (if it's
   a language or library, writing a short program, or
   adding basic support for it to an existing program)

5. Do something useful with it.

6. Depend on it.

Don Marti                                 +1 510-332-1587 mobile
dmarti at zgp.org
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