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posted by martyb on Sunday December 06 2015, @01:55AM   Printer-friendly
from the rethinking-closed-source-software dept.

Akkana reports via the Shallow Thoughts blog

I went to a night sky photography talk on Tuesday. The presenter talked a bit about tips on camera lenses, exposures; then showed a raw image and prepared to demonstrate how to process it to bring out the details.

His slides disappeared, the screen went blank, and then ... nothing. He wrestled with his laptop for a while. Finally he said "Looks like I'm going to need a network connection", left the podium, and headed out the door to find someone to help him with that.

I'm not sure what the networking issue was: the nature center has open wi-fi, but you know how it is during talks: if anything can possibly go wrong with networking, it will, which is why a good speaker tries not to rely on it. And I'm not blaming this speaker, who had clearly done plenty of preparation and thought he had everything lined up.

Eventually they got the network connection, and he connected to Adobe. It turns out the problem was that Adobe Photoshop is now cloud-based. Even if you have a local copy of the software, it insists on checking in with Adobe at least every 30 days. At least, that's the theory. But he had used the software on that laptop earlier that same day, and thought he was safe. But that wasn't good enough, and Photoshop picked the worst possible time--a talk in front of a large audience--to decide it needed to check in before letting him do anything.

Someone sitting near me muttered "I'd been thinking about buying that, but now I don't think I will." Someone else told me afterward that all Photoshop is now cloud-based; older versions still work, but if you buy Photoshop now, your only option is this cloud version that may decide ... at the least opportune moment ... that you can't use your software any more.

[...] I talked to the club president afterward and offered to give a GIMP talk to the club some time soon, when their schedule allows.


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  • (Score: 1) by Ethanol-fueled on Sunday December 06 2015, @04:40AM

    by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Sunday December 06 2015, @04:40AM (#272373) Homepage

    Not to mention that all that effort could have added new features or functionality to GIMP rather than be wasted in a totally righteous circle-jerk.

    There are plenty of instances in open-source when forks are beneficial. This is not one of them. The fork's participants are going to be too busy arguing and discussing bullshit PC conventions rather than getting shit done.

  • (Score: 1, Offtopic) by dyingtolive on Sunday December 06 2015, @05:12AM

    by dyingtolive (952) on Sunday December 06 2015, @05:12AM (#272391)

    I mean, at least it wasn't named EDDIEMURPHYSTRANNY.

    Now that would be an awkward acronym, on pretty much every level.

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    Don't blame me, I voted for moose wang!