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To: Nick Danger
What was his point then?

I think his point was to encourage just what we have been doing on this thread - discussing open source software.

It is amusing to see the anti-microsoft sentiment when open source software is discussed. I am neither for or against open source. In fact, I personally am trying to understand the motivation behind the larger-scale projects. I have not progressed to the religion stage, I guess I am just a seeker.

IMHO it is a bad idea for long term revenue for software developers to train the "consumer" to think that software should be free. How many times do you see other trained professionals like physicians, plumbers, electricians, et al. giving away their services on a wholesale fashion? Sure, some in those professions may do charity work from time to time, but they still need to charge fees to pay their bills.

I don't care if you call it a software license fee or a support fee. I just want earn a decent return on the investment in time that I put in to my work. Currently, it's vogue for some companies is to call the software free and charge for support. Its their way of differentiating in the marketplace.

Just remember as one of my favorite SCIFI authors wrote: TANSTAAFL - There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.

I don't think you are a pinko commie, otherwise you would not have that great tag line. :)
29 posted on 07/26/2004 8:05:45 PM PDT by GeorgiaFreeper
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To: GeorgiaFreeper

Why would that be amusing? Microsoft has spent tens of millions of dollars in the past year sponsoring various sorts of mud-and-FUD attacks in the press and in the courts, in an ill-conceived campaign to bad-mouth individuals who are involved in producing open source software. It's as if Aerosmith took out ads in newspapers to tell everybody that guys who play in garage bands are communists and a threat to the music industry. It's quite bizarre; it borders on thuggery for a $30 billion corporation to turn its PR guns on hobbyists working at home at night.

It is true that Microsoft faces competition from some open source projects, notably linux, but that is because those projects are being promoted by commercial enterprises that have sales forces and marketing budgets. Red Hat, IBM, and now Novell certainly belong on Microsoft's radar as guys who would take sales away from them. OK, those are legitimate targets of Microsoft's wrath. But not the guy coding Mightnight Pizza software. Spending money to call that guy a communist? What the hell is that about? Somebody at Microsoft has a screw loose if he thinks articles like this are doing anything but needlessly making enemies out of people who may well be in the approval chain on software deals where they work. It's one of the dumber things I've ever seen a company do.

It's a little late for that, don't you think? For at least the last ten years, Windows has come free with any computer consumers can buy. And IE comes "free" with Windows. As does Media Player. Tens of millions of consumers now think that computers come with a free operating system, web browser, and media player. Considering the enormity of the success that Microsoft has had with its OEM selling motion, I think that any efforts by you to reverse that tide are futile.

What's the difference between that and Dell selling laptops that have Windows pre-loaded on them? They're giving away the software to sell you the laptop. Now comes Microsoft to tell us that people who want to give away software are communist looneytoons. Their chutzpah boggles the mind.

32 posted on 07/27/2004 10:01:59 AM PDT by Nick Danger (Kerry lied, while good men died.)
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