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  There Is No Open Source Community
Subject:   More layers of debunking
Date:   2006-01-19 11:59:11
From:   jpmcc
Interesting article, debunking many commonly-held myths. However, there are some factors which I don't think you haven't brought out in your article.


The origins of free software / open-source


The first recorded open-source project was over fifty years ago in a commercial environment - see http://jpmcc.blogdns.org/index.php/2005/12/11/its-the-big-5-0-for-open-source. Open-source was born in the commercial world.


The opening-up of programming to non-professionals</string>


Hobby computing was triggered by cheap computers with basic compilers in the early 1980s, many years before internet access became commonplace.


It's getting easier to produce software


I would argue that if anything it takes more effort to code a game than it did ten years ago. Why? we expect so much more from 'a game'. The same is true in commercial computing. Ten years ago a payroll system would have been COBOL and green screens talking to DB/2 - now it's a multi-layered architecture with an HTML, Java, application servers, stored procedures in databases ...


Economic forces dictate open-source


There are economic forces at work here, but I think Nicholas Carr was closer to the true cause and effect in his notorious Does IT Matter article. Once software becomes a commodity, then price becomes the dominant factor. Does your word processor give your organisation competitive advantage? NO - ditch MS-Word, use OpenOffice.org Writer.


Finally, it is worth remembering that the biggest supplier of the biggest commodity software - the desktop operating system - is still very healthy financially, thank you...


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