Hi David, Paul, et al,
On 21 Mar, 2005, at 1:42, Paul O'Malley wrote:
> Joseph Kiniry wrote:
> [moderate snipping :)]
>> Also, how often do you believe that serious modern "for profit"
>> software development does not require significant capital?
>> The crux of that statement is as follows.
> Your question after some reduction can reasonably end up as "Is the
> FOSS and in particular Linux a valid development model?"
I do not believe that these two questions have anything in common,
> The capital and rights models are totally different for FOSS and
> proprietary software as is the security model. Yet another interesting
> point to make about this is IBM HP Novell Mandrakesoft. The Microsoft
> model is as far as I can see anyway a dead one.
Ummm.... okaaay. I am unsure what any of this has to do with my
> Let me answer that question with a question.
How about just answering the question with an answer? :)
> Name a job that FOSS can't do? It has answered the desktop question by
> asking "is Microsoft ready for the desktop?". It has answered the
> server, the big number crunching, the embedded device, it is
> If you need software written pay someone to write it, or write it
All of which require significant capital, in my opinion. While we can
all go on and on about how "free" Linux et al is, it still required an
*enormous* amount of time and effort to construct; time and effort that
inherently had (significant) value, regardless of how you interpret the
> Would there be an Internet if Linux did not exist, I think not.
As Niall already pointed out, this is false.
> Until TCP/IP there were many different methods for one machine to not
> to talk another TCP/IP cut across that and provided a platform which
> became the industry standard as users did not have to pay an entry
TCP/IP originally had nothing to do with FOSS, and in fact, I would
guess the majority of TCP/IP stacks are not FOSS.
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