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Re: why open source software is better

From: Aaron Kulkis
Subject: Re: why open source software is better
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2001 01:25:40 -0500

jtnews wrote:
> I like open source software because
> it tends not to get cluttered by creeping
> featurism, the adding of superfluous
> and mostly unused features.  Therefore,
> you can understand it a lot
> easier and are more likely to be able
> to fix it yourself.
> If the original author starts going in a
> direction that doesn't satisfy the needs
> of the users, the source tree can simply
> be replicated and a new author can take over.

Correction...a source-tree split occurs, as faction A and faction B
pursue their ideas of the best implementation.

Eventually, either A or B wises up, or faction C forms to combine
the best of A's and B's work, and throw out all the superflous shit.

> In this sense, open source software is
> one of the purest forms of competition.


> phil hunt wrote:
> >
> > Consider:
> >
> > 1. proprietary software must capture a market and get revenue from it; the
> > more revenue it gets, the more successful it will be, from a proprietary
> > software company's point of view
> >
> > 2. it can make more profits if it has no competition, because if there
> > is competition, the per-item sales price can reduce to near zero
> >
> > 3. one effective way of preventing competition is to stop competitors
> > from making competing software, by commodifying protocols, e.g. by
> > obfuscating or patent-encumbering them
> >
> > 4. therefore, commercially successful proprietary software will always
> > tend to harm users' interests in ways that open source won't
> >
> > This is my paraphrase of an argument is given in more detail by Ralph
> > Levien in his essay "The decommoditization of protocols".
> > <>
> >
> > --
> > *****[ Phil Hunt ***** ]*****
> > "Mommy, make the nasty penguin go away." -- Jim Allchin, MS head
> > of OS development, regarding open source software (paraphrased).
> >

Aaron R. Kulkis
Unix Systems Engineer
DNRC Minister of all I survey
ICQ # 3056642

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