__/ [ Tim Smith ] on Saturday 25 March 2006 20:20 \__
> In article <e03qdf$22ei$2@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>,
> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> "Apache?s Greg Stein says commercial software?s days are numbered.
>> Instead, we?ll be paying for software support in the years ahead, he says"
>> "According to IT services provider, Unisys, open source software is set to
>> have a similar impact on the marketplace as the internet did in the
> When my job involved writing software that would be sold in stores,
> every time a customer called our toll-free number for support, we lost
> money. There was a strong incentive to minimize support calls, and the
> way to do that was to make the software as good as we could.
> Doesn't "the software is free--you pay for the support" turn the
> incentives around, and make it bad for the developer to produce high
> quality code?
> Developing a working free software economy is a lot more complex than
> just charging for support.
No quality, no downloads. It's as simple as that. No downloads, no support
needs; no paid contracts for self-tailored extensions. That's that way it
works at WordPress, for instance.
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