Eugene Eric Kim wrote:
> Before Linux and the free BSDs started becoming popular, the UNIX
> market was in decline....In the
> past four years, the overall market for UNIX has once again been
> growing...That doesn't sound much
> like killing an industry; sounds more like saving it....
Hmm. I could be persuaded by that. Again, given that companies are
persuaded to pay for support (if only to test and integrate the fixes
their own coders provide), then open source is a viable proposition.
What I'm getting out of this discussion is the overarching principle
that what matters in an open source effort is "the value of support"
to the "customer". If the customer is a company, there is significant
value. But for individual users, there appears to be none. (For myself,
I know I buy new versions of shareware programs. I suppose that could
be considered "support", after a fashion. But none of them make their
source available, so far as I know.
> (the browser market was eventually owned by)
> ... a company that wouldn't allow OEMs to license software from its
> competitors. The two major browsers at the time were both
> proprietary. Open source didn't kill the browser industry;
> a monopoly did.
Hmmm. Have to grant that point, as well. Open source did not kill
that particular market. On the other hand, I note that there no
open source browsers of any reasonable utility. (Or is Opera open
source? I forget. I have to get that and use it, one day. It's
supposed to be pretty good.)
However, back to the point that I hope I am making (no open source
browsers), here again we have an example of a market
consisting of individual users rather than corporations, and the
open source model does not appear to work nearly as well.
Similarly with open source editors, spreadsheets, and the like.
But, granted, it's a nascent "industry". Anyone know how much
actual effort is happening at sourceforge?
My own sample of one suggests that the extende effort has
suffered from a lack of time to make more than high-level design
contributions. I'm just not the 16-hour a day coder I used to
be. Even then, I tended to code long hours on the project I was
being paid to work on. It would consume my thinking, and I
couldn't let go of it. I found it very hard to "switch gears"
and work on a different project once I had done enough of the
day's work to feel that it was time to leave for the day.
So I know extende has seen very little code. Maybe other efforts
are doing significantly better? Which ones, and why, I wonder?
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