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Re: Unisys: Open Source Will Kill Proprietary

__/ [ JEDIDIAH ] on Tuesday 14 March 2006 16:45 \__

> On 2006-03-14, Rob Hughes <rob@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>> http://www.itwire.com.au/content/view/3625/53/
>>> ,----[ Unisys says open source to doom proprietary software ]
>>> |
>>> | 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 1990s.
>>> `----
> IBM is simply acknowledging the invention cycle. The
> newer an invention is, the less likely it is to be a widely
> copied commodity. Commercial software has been stuck in the
> mindset of exploiting the same old tired inventions in
> perpetuity. Software authors need to be able to move on while
> older tech moves onto commodity status.
> The old cash cows are a curse as well as a blessing.

Excellent point, Jedidiah. I think that there are several 'live' (pun
intended) examples of that.

>> I think IBM has it right, and UNISYS has it wrong. IBM's belief is that
>> their will always be a place for proprietary software, when there's a
>> niche requirement for a particular kind of software, but that niche is not
>> large enough to attract a critical mass of developers for a F/OSS project.

What if that niche can 'emit' some resources or code onto another niche and
get something in return? This does not have to be monetary. It happens a lot
in academia.

Best wishes,


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