This is a textbook case for a business school
Posted Apr 10, 2005 10:56 UTC (Sun) by peet
In reply to: This is a textbook case for a business school
Parent article: Linus on the BK withdrawal
Cloning is not always stupid. The classic example is when you have an unmaintained product (possibly, but not necessarily, closed-source). OpenCVS is just one example, but there are many. You might be reaching a bit to describe OpenOffice.org as a clone of Microsoft Office, but you wouldn't be reaching too far.
Even if the being-cloned product is actively maintained, cloning is not necessarily stupid. If it's unmaintained - and especially if it's closed-source - cloning can be an extremely useful thing to do.
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