loss leader redux
Posted Jan 14, 2005 20:32 UTC (Fri) by ccyoung
Parent article: Quasar Accounting under the GPL
apologize for the phrase "not necessarily criticizing" - ill-considered.
1) what interests me is how companies are trying to use the GPL to further their business goals and the compromises made within the company in doing so.
a common means, such as cups, interbase/firebird, and quasar, seems to me to release a standard, usable subset of their product, hoping this will help attract richer clients to their higher level products.
in the case of cups, other apps, eg kde, have built on the base cups package, filling out a lot of functionality. how has this has effected their business plan?
in the case of quasar, what if someone were to write a foss pos module that would use their accounting? how will this would effect their business plan and the careers of the initiating employees?
2) overlooked is the amount of work to gpl one's code. for example, there are two of my projects which would be minor canidates, but the the amount of work to make the source public presentable is simply more than can afford.
3) great to hear from the quasar programmer. absolutely agree with him about good accounting packages needed. and will absolutely be joining with him if agree about his product.
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