__/ [ Rex Ballard ] on Sunday 22 October 2006 21:13 \__
> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> Digital Tipping Point 4 min proof of concept
>> Uploaded a few days ago.
>> Gates paraquoted:
>> "a monopoly is broken when the rival gets past 20% market share"
> Also found it interesting that there were 800,000 contributors to
That figure is actually out of date. I think I decided to subscribe when
there were already ~810,000 members. That was over a year ago... I used to
participate in the discussions there and apart from the fp posts it was
virtually troll-free. Same with most OSS sites that are moderated, Groklaw
included. Mini Microsoft deleted a comment of mine yesterday... *sigh*
> I've suggusted that Linux/OSS involves as "staff" of nearly 1 million
> Even if they only contributed 20 hours/week, at $100/hour (the typical
> rate for high-skill developers), that would be about $100 billion/year
> equivalent going to support Microsoft.
Have you seen the studies which estimated Debian's worth (labour-wise)? And
let's not discount MVP's in Microsoft side. Free labour which makes Billy
and Stevie rich(er)... as well as helps cover the heavily-abused welfare
system in the US... if only dividend was paid...
> If you accumulate this over 25 years (Linux and OSS Unix software), you
> could probably make a case that the software on that SUSE Linux DVD
> represents the fruit of nearly 10 million staff-years worth of reseach,
> development, testing, support, and marketing.
Working for freedom. You can't quantify that with a currency. *smile*
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