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Subject: Re: I am interested in making AutoTRAX EDA open source.
Date: Wed, 01 Jan 2003 21:53:32 +0100
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> Someone mentioned the debate over cost of open source products. Seems that a
> number of studies (not just by MS) have come to the conclusion that open source
> products like linux are simply MORE expensive to run than the out-of-the box
> software. Seems that there is a ton of effort required to get the stuff up and
> keep it up. The staffing costs far exceed the cost of the software. So, good
> luck with the open source stuff, but I'm not convinced that it is a viable
> business model for anyone....
One must make a difference between short term and long term costs. Staffing and
education cost money, and will be needed more during the migration. And keeping
whatever software you have usually costs nothing (unless you need to pay
Thus, anything can come out of such a comparison. But I agree: making money is
not that straightforward as with selling software. But even with open source you
can sell per seat licensing, if you wanted or dared. But then not many people
might want to contribute to your app.
But closed source software also has communities of users that help each others
out. Why would anyone give that support for free? Why do folks share their
repair information in s.e.repair? They're just helping the competition aren't they?
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