Open Source software is not trivial to “fix it yourself”

From Slashdot – Usability Eye for The GIMP Guy

Re:Let’s talk about the elephant in the room. (Score:5, Insightful)
by kevin_conaway (585204) on Sunday August 28, @02:09AM (#13415782)
(Last Journal: Friday April 29, @04:48AM)

I’m sick of this tired old “fix it yourself” argument.

Obviously, you’re not a professional software developer otherwise you would see the utter stupidity of making such a statement.

To be able to make even minor modifications to a major software project could possibly takes MONTHS of prep work. Its not like opening up a book and fixing a spelling mistake, you need to understand the ins and outs of the module you’re working on and the modules that depend on it. And thats assuming that the code is well documented and there is other supporting documentation

What he is talking about is most likely a major undertaking, not something some guy off the street can fix over the weekend off the latest CVS trunk.

In short, please stop repeating that tired old argument, its not feasible for 99% of the user community for any particular application and it makes you sound like an arrogant prick.

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