[LINK] SAP slams open source 'socialism'
gordonkeith at acslink.net.au
Fri Nov 18 09:19:20 EST 2005
On Thu, 17 Nov 2005 16:46, Craig Sanders wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 17, 2005 at 04:25:10PM +1100, Deus Ex Machina wrote:
> > so do I but neither you nor I write software. what you are telling me
> > is your unemployed programmer needs to stop programming to make a living.
> stop putting words in my mouth. i said nothing of the sort.
> BTW, you are wrong. i do write software. i have done so for over 20
> years. it is not the only thing i do, but it has been a constant
> throughout my career.
I suspect here lies the root of one difference between Vic's perspective and
many others. Many of us on this list do write software and, as is typically
the case in the industry, it is not off the shelf software.
We can see the value of software programming as a service industry, in this
market open source makes sense. IP is just a barrier to entry.
Vic primarily sees off the shelf software, which I understand represents about
10-20% of the software industry. This sector is under threat from open source
and is diminishing.
Just my $0.02
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