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Reply-To: "Kevin Aylward"
From: "Kevin Aylward"
Subject: Re: I am interested in making AutoTRAX EDA open source.
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Date: Wed, 1 Jan 2003 16:51:05 -0000
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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
What do you mean by doing "better". The point here is to make money.
That's it. Just how many companies are actually making profit with open
> 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.
No idea what your on about. Its costs lots of money to pay programmers.
>Opening source can be another, reducing
> support costs.
Companies don't want to reduce support costs, in the sense that they
want to charge customers for support.
> 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.
Look, probably about .01% of users might be interested in adding to
software themselves. There is no point in a company targeting such a
> CAD users usually have the skills, and you can have a win/win
But they have better things to do then reinvent the wheel, and spend
years writing 100,000 lines of code. Its called division of labour.
>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...
Your in noddy land. There are 400 million Windows users. People don't
want to write software. Your looking at this from a customer advantage
point of view. This is not relevant to companies. The company is in the
business for their own interests, not the customers interests. This is
the real world. A company is only going to provide the minimum that it
can get away with.
> BTW if you are a customer of the richest man in the world, I think
> you've been paying too much for something...
What do you mean by "too much". If I can make profit, than not much is
"too much". Why do film stars get paid $20M for one film. Why are they
worth so much?
SuperSpice, a very affordable Mixed-Mode
Windows Simulator with Schematic Capture,
Waveform Display, FFT's and Filter Design.
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