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____/ Sandeep Kumar on Tuesday 25 November 2008 17:06 : \____
> On Tue, 25 Nov 2008 00:54:40 +0000, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> Microsoft, like many other companies, hardly launches new products at the
>> moment (some plans are being can-celled). Market demand is low, so it's too
^^^^^^^^^^ called off (weird typo)
>> This doesn't affect free software development for obvious reasons, which
>> puts it on a position of advantage.
> Actually it is affecting the free software movement because much of this
> software is being written by person's utilizing their spare time. Many of
> these people are now losing their day jobs and do not have the time nor
> motivation to be writing free software when they are spending most of their
> time searching for a new job.In my own company we have recently had to let
> go several thousand workers,mostly information technology types.
That's a valid concern, but people who hunt for jobs need to practice and brush
up programming skills. Contributing to F/OSS is one way.
Another thing is, F/OSS sites see a rise in volume/activity/traffic because
companies move away from pricey software and hire people with the
~~ Best of wishes
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