Unfortunately for that business model, some of the clueless Linux
support company's are charging per incident fees that are higher than MS's.
A bit of common sense with these folks would help, your giving away the
razor but selling the blades, you should make sure that your blades are less
expensive than the other guys.
Techies get paid as well as salesmen...that's a novel concept, except from a
support aspect the techie would have to have public speaking abilitys..that
eliminates 95% of the techies on the planet.
I'm sure those of us who can enunciate will be worth a fortune.. ;-)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: John P. Looney [SMTP:jplooney-ilug at online.ie]
> Sent: 20 April 2000 15:28
> To: ilug at linux.ie> Subject: Re: [ILUG] A possible use for the ILUG's money?
>> On Thu, Apr 20, 2000 at 01:07:31AM +0100, Paul Jakma mentioned:
> > For many years linux was low-key, not much money in it. Then it got
> > big, and lots of companies jumped on the bandwagon. They took the
> > existing *FREE* software and are making money based on it.
> > And now they say "Thanks, but fsck off you poor bastards".
>> It's hard to keep doing that.
>> What many people don't yet see is that software is becoming a service
> industry, not a license-fee driven one. At the moment, you write something
> once, and get £100 a pop off as many people as you can. The salesman is
> king, because the fixed costs are quite high, the variable costs
> associated with production are quite low.
>> However, when the software is free, and has a GPL attached, that makes
> using it in a commerical product difficult, it suddenly means that
> salesmen aren't as important - it's the service and the maintenance that
> you have to make money from.
>> I look forward to a world where techies get as well paid as salesmen.
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