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Re: COLA Stats: Saturday the 18th of August, 2007.

____/ Mark Kent on Tuesday 04 September 2007 18:50 : \____

> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>> ____/ Mark Kent on Tuesday 04 September 2007 08:59 : \____
>>> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>>> <snip>
>>>> I'm still tempted by MEPIS myself, maybe even Debian (from which MEPIS is
>>>> once again derived, after it threw out Ubuntu).
>>>> Choice is great. It also forces those that play not to act selfishly.
>>>> There's virtually no lock-in. Once strike and you're out.
>>                                     ^ typo
>>> It very much depends on what you're doing with your machines, and in
>>> particular, if you've anything "binary-only" floating around, or any
>>> single-sourced peripheral type which cannot readily be replaced.
>> Watch tomorrow's news. I have some insider information.
>>> Having the OS as GPLed software makes a huge improvement to the lock-in
>>> risk, but it doesn't eliminate it, especially if you've got binary
>>> drivers in there.
>>> It's all about the height of the exit barrier, the cost of exit,
>>> compared with staying with your existing vendor.
>> A few months ago, in Matt Asay's blog, IIRC, I read about investors raising
>> some ugly questions like "yeah, but what's your lock-in strategy?".
>> Apparently, being kind to the customer is no longer as important as
>> imprisoning as many customers as one can.
> Being kind to customers is not going to sit easily with investors used
> to being able to invest in companies who would hook in victims and then
> squeeze them repeatedly for cash over the years.  The idea of people
> returning to a company because they *like* what they do seems somewhat
> alien to many software company investors.  They are going to have to
> learn how to get used to this, though.

Standards-based Web-based software makes an easy escape route. Many companies
have come to the realisation that part of the selection criteria (for
software) should involve mobility (as in dependability on a single supplier),
not just security (another lesson they learnt from Windows) and acquisition

The ideas are apparently getting through, but many companies have been trapped.
Vista introduces many new lockins -- shackles that are *very* hard to break.
What do the regulator do? They declare the antitrust action a "success" and
let Microsoft do its 'thing' for the investors again, namely "kill the
competition, show us the money".

                ~~ Best of wishes

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