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 Open-source was born in the commercial world.

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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 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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