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Subject: Re: I am interested in making AutoTRAX EDA open source.
Date: Wed, 01 Jan 2003 14:51:58 +0100
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Kevin Aylward wrote:
>>Open source does not seme to be very prevalent in the Windows world;
>>this means that developers may not have the right mindset.
> Developers indeed have the "right" mindset, that is why they don't
> produce open source software. Bill Gates is the richest man in the
> world, what more proof to you want?
Well, if I look what duplicated crappy windows closed source shareware exists in
the 'programmed from home' category... it seems that the open source guys
generally are doing better (because they can work with a larger team, each
solving a different part of the project).
The sales organization for general purpose software is more expensive than the
software itself (think retailer margings. Then add branch offices,
representatives, advertisements...) Making the software free is one step in
reducing cost. Opening source can be another, reducing support costs.
For some branches it does not work at all. But if the end users have the skills
to improve their own software, it can work.
CAD users usually have the skills, and you can have a win/win situation. With
shop clerks and bar code readers the skills usually aren't there and it is not a
good idea to think open source.
Advanced users like programmability. Being able to rebuild your software is an
extension of that. And open source has definite advantages in support: no
worries if my vendor goes down and suddenly my software doesn't work any more
because it wants to contact their license server...
BTW if you are a customer of the richest man in the world, I think you've been
paying too much for something...