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What really makes me throw up about Apple and Adobe

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Not liking, even though I use them

Right now, there’s a big change in my daily life and that is using Apple and Adobe. I’ve used their technologies before, I was given an iPod (I installed Linux on) and I used PDF (which I either viewed or created with open source software). Now I am studying multimedia design and I’m using Adobes Creative Suite CS5 on my MacBook Pro. This is pretty tough for someone who actively chose to use Linux and open source software nearly exclusively.

So why the hell do you use it now?

Because I have accepted, that it’s industry standard and the market for designers on open platforms is pico (expression for small).

What’s so bad about them anyways?

They drive their monopolistic strategy out on people who have not done anything to deserve it. Apple sues programmers (keyword: jailbreak) who extend their hardware and wants the user to have no control over the product they buy. They want you to use it the way they want. They’re stepping back a little from that philosophy now, but only a tiny bit icon wink What really makes me throw up about Apple and Adobe

Adobe holds its cold embrace around the internet, since they started implementing proprietary formats like Flash (I know, it started with Macromedia until they got bought).

Software patents in general are a big part of my antipathy.

What are software patents?

Software patents are a way to make money on nothing for big firms. They proclaim the right to be the exclusive distributor of a certain feature in software. A popular case of this is Microsoft claiming a patent on the double-click. You may say: Why not if they did invent it? Because it’s not complex enough. Imagine programs as math formulars, you can’t claim patents on them either. Example: I claim the Patent for PI and you had to buy licenses from me to calculate circles. Example two: I’m the first to grill spare-ribs with honey-parmesano marinade and I would sue you for trying the same, doesn’t sound reasonable, does it?

What would applying software patents mean if they were approved?

That you rarely could use any piece of software any longer. Just imagine that double-click thing. Which program does not support that? Further developers of important pieces of software that pretty much keep our modern infrastructure running would be sued and maybe drop their work, examples: PHP, MySQL, Apache.

Are you kidding me? There would be no facebook, Firefox, VLC or


What’s different about open source software?

Open source software is based upon the thought of receiving and giving back. It works quite well for a lot of companies, before you start asking how they make money with that. They often don’t sell the software itself, but support contracts. Examples on that: Novell, Red Hat. An important keyword here is the GPL, the General Public License. It states, what is released under it, is free and if you use or enhance it, that also should be free. Over 5 years ago I switched to Linux and used Windows when I wanted to play games that were not developed for Linux. Switching back to proprietary software for me is quite a deal, because it means being tied down to 2 platforms and a few Adobe products.

What can I do against software patents?

There are various sites on the internet, but if you’re living in the EU, you should sign the petition at

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7 Responses to “What really makes me throw up about Apple and Adobe”

  1. Monika says:

    Nice “interview”. I like the picture you made surely with the adobe products :D. Good to hear you accept that this is industry standard. In your free time you can throw your mac into the corner :D

    • I don’t because I want to practise hard on the new tools ;) It’s either or until one day, maybe maybe there is a Creative Suite for Linux or the open source tools exceed the proprietary ones in quality.

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  3. Halefa says:

    Hattest du … ein schlechtes Erlebnis mit deinem Apple? Möchtest du darüber reden? *patpat*

    • Ach paar Sachen gibt es schon, die absolut NICHT funktionieren. Das image handling ist Müll, .isos wollen sich nicht mounten oder entpacken lassen, manche .dmgs gehen auch nicht aus unerfindlichen Gründen, aber das sind ja keine großen Sachen. Isos werden einfach auf einem meiner Linuxrechner entpackt und dann wieder rüber gezogen. Ich bin soweit ganz zufrieden, aber die Etik…

  4. Max Larsen says:

    Just a quick thought on your comment about jailbreakers. A major reason why Apple doesn’t want people to jailbreak their products, is because people suck at it.
    I had the same opinion as you until I tried it. After a few weeks i got so fed up with the open source programs screwing up my entire phone, making even the simplest tasks like making a call an extremely time/patience-consuming operation.
    So I switched back. Apple developed the hardware, and hence they know what software will work. From now on I trust them in deciding what software that will not ruin my phone.
    Just my opinion

    • You’re right, the software from third parties may not meet Apples quality standards, but taking the choice from users is the wrong way. I’d like to bring one of my long-term favourite quotations here:
      Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
      -Benjamin Franklin

      Yes Apple developed the hardware, but do they have to be so agressive towards everybody not agreeing with them totally? I’d really go for some Android based smartphone, it’s enough I’m stuck with a MacBook already ;) Well maybe I’d buy an iPhone so I could develop Apps.

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