(we had a chance to listen to Richard Stallman at IIT) against a kind of Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, what you immediately notice is the 'difference in packaging'. And to a lot of people, that delivers. I don't see Open Source gathering a mass momentum without packaging it in markets. If Blender, Wikipedia, Apache and BitTorrent are not holding onto their 'intellectual properties', maybe they are too philanthropic or possibly they do not foresee a monopoly in their market segment. A few saints can't make all the merchants otherworldly.
What I essentially do not foresee is the 'imposition of socialism' to a 'capitalist software market'. And if one feels that only open source would eventually survive, let the others die out. The day open source would be more acceptable to the users, markets would themselves force the non-performers to die.
Sabu, to read your posts are a delight. Keep posting.…
t's curious to see how it's related to the human psyche. anything virtual is fair game but we hold different standards for tangible goods. It's easy to pay for something you can hold in your hands. I like the open source idea that involves collaboration on a much larger scale. I can imagine downsides of this approach too! The spark of genius is not really a community thing IMO.
On a curious note, the open source movement is essentially computer professionals/ hobbyists working together to develop solutions for their own industry. It's easy to imagine the excitement when you make tools for your own use. You know what you want and you know the stuff you need to develop that tool. Architects are architects. Sometimes I think hoping for a great open source BIM tool is wishful thinking. How many architects are there with the skill, time or inclination for this effort ?…
ally is. Google gives away almost everything free. Are they dumb? Do they stop making money because of that? Will they make MORE money if they started charging for their services? In fact they will drastically reduce their money if they really started charging. The IBM guys were not someone who did not think through their strategy when they open-sourced their hardware. They were as hard-nosed as the next guy.
Neither is open-source an 'imposition of socialism' ! I can't figure out can that leap be made by any stretch. It is as clear-cut a free-market economy as the best (or I would say it is the way the free-market economy will have to go)…
rgence" ... Just the way how termites collectively can innovate and make a grand air-conditioned 'edifice' for themselves even though each tiny termite is not intelligent enough to hold that spark to create such structures, in a similar fashion; I believe it should be possible for humans too collectively come together and defeat erstwhile hegemonies. BTW, open source as a concept has been seen even in hardware. One of the most striking ones being the IBM Personal Computer (Not many talk about this as an 'open source') Computer manufacturers were completed stupefied when IBM decided to 'open up' the design of the PC. When it came in 1980/81, everything about it was open; including the bios. If I remember right, Phoenix was the first Taiwanese company that cloned the IBM bios just because the internals was kept open by IBM with no copyright restrictions. Earlier to that, computer companies used to hang on to their 'edge' by making incompatible systems. Now, where are all those companies? (DEC, for e.g.) They all died out!…
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