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From: "Michael Painter"
Subject: Re: Open Source Consumer Products
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Date: Tue, 19 Nov 2002 21:00:43 GMT
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Organization: AT&T Worldnet
"John Jardine" wrote in message
> Geraldo S. wrote in message
> > What do you guys think, would it be wise for a company to produce 'Open
> > Source' consumer products (i.e. the design files and source codes, both
> > firmware, drivers and application programs)?
> It's a big risk to take but if the product is actually good then
> third parties will make great efforts to support it. They make money, you
> make even more money. The product can evolve quickly and will remain in
> demand for a long time.
Open source and GPL means I don't even have to buy one from the company.
But assume I pay you for the support on one of them, then distribute them
freely and charge less than you do for support?
I can always do this because you have the development costs and I don't.
Since I'm paying you for the support I answer all the "did you turn it on"
questions and ask you the hard ones.
The more you honestly develop the product the less real support it will need
but the RYFM crowd will always be there.
If you do a *really* good job under these conditions nobody will ever have
to pay you anything and I'm still fielding the easy questions.
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