Quoting david jamison (david.jamison1 at ntlworld.com):
> Maybe this should read Is Linux becomming a victim of its own success?
> Or perhaps how is Linux maturing?
Forgive me, but are you new to Linux? We in the Linux community did to
death the whole open-source business models thing, about a decade ago.
You might want to read back-post archives of the FSB (free software
business) mailing list.
> When the Open source movement was concieved like so many other things
> did anyone expect software development to proceed down a route where
> software would be essentially FREE?
Miconception. Software is never completely gratis: There are always
costs. Otherwise, most certainly the founders were entirely aware of
the concept of a software ecology without specific monetary charges for
acquisition and use. For one thing, it wasn't a new concept: It had
been done all the way back to mainframe days. To the contrary, the
notion of software as product was the newcomer notion.
> Invent a world beating product - the next big thing - AND GIVE IT
The notion of open source being "giving away" the copyrighted materials
is a time-honoured basic error. If you want to find out for yourself,
try grabbing a copy of GNU emacs, use it in fashion contrary to its
licence, and lob an e-mail boasting about that fact to FSF. You'll find
out very quickly -- through contact with their legal staff -- that they
still very much own the rights to it.
The mere fact that most journalists can never seem to get this point right
doesn't mean you shouldn't.
> The delemma for Sun et al is that if the company invests resources in
> development that it then has to give away essentially to the opposition
> where does the leverage, and thus profit, come from.
Traditional basic answers:
o selective copylefting (which reserves many proprietary rights to the
copyright owner, uniquely)
o trademark-based branding, optionally tied to support
o inclusion of some key components under proprietary licences
There are others. See the FSB archives.
> An entirely new business model I think.
No. Worked out in considerable detail many years ago.
Cheers, The shortest distance between two puns is a straightline.
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