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Subject: Re: I am interested in making AutoTRAX EDA open source.
Date: Wed, 01 Jan 2003 21:43:31 +0100
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Kevin Aylward wrote:
> 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.
For the customer it is important. This is the reason the company I work for
dumps closed software: to prevent vendor lock in. Even though the replacement
causes hassles in implementation and maintenance.
Some kinds of software are better off as a commodity. Not for the vendor who's
currently selling them of course, but that's caled competition.
And soemtimes that isn't entirely fair: Part A invents a class of application.
Party B comes along, guesses how it works, and writes a clone. Happened to
photoshop. Happens to word processors, spreadsheets too.
The new entrant can sometimes be more efficient. And given the overhead may even
be able to give away some aspects of their product.
Heck, usually the best engineers are very happy to explain how things work to
their colleagues. It is usually the mediocre ones who keep their re-inventions
for themselves, thinking they've hit gold. The brilliant engineer knows he's
already ahead with the next insight...
And the point is not that perhaps 1% more customers/users are interested in the
open source product. The point is that with 1000 users, you have 10 developers
pitching in creativity and work for "free" (actually for their own use, of course).
But if you don't understand what "working together" means... ah well...
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