From: John P. Looney (john at domain antefacto.com)
Date: Tue 02 Oct 2001 - 20:43:02 IST
On Tue, Oct 02, 2001 at 08:20:54PM +0100, Aidan Kehoe mentioned:
> > Hey, that's the market. People don't want to buy ideas. So you can't sell
> > them. You can sell an implementation. But, loads of people can do the
> > implementation.
> People who can't understand source code have no interest in buying
> access to it.
Arse. People who don't understand car engines still want one that can be
serviced by anyone, not just by the manufacturers sanctioned dealer.
People just don't know about the source. But they are coming around.
> Most people can't understand source code, and the source is truly useful
> to very few people. People don't care about (want to buy) source
> code--they care about (want to buy) implementations. That's the market
> :-) .
True. And I don't think it'll ever go away. I just wish it did. I was out
onsite with a customer last week, trying to debug performance issues with
his software using our companies hardware.
No source, no idea what was going on, bar guesswork. At least he had
heard about the Gartner report, and wished he'd heard it before he spent
all the money...
Jimmy didn't like his place, in this world of ours,
> `... when the elephant man broke strong men's necks, when he'd had too
> many Powers, ...'
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