Superior model ? Hardly...
Posted May 23, 2007 23:24 UTC (Wed) by khim
In reply to: Following a superior model
Parent article: A day at the Open Source Business Conference
I often see this screams about "the superior model" and how everyone should only ever write free software. While free software clearly wins when moral and ethic is included when we are talking about practical viewpoint everything is not so easy. I think Craig A. James said it best: There is a natural "lifecycle" to software technology, which includes both commercial periods and FOSS periods..
If you'll think about successful FOSS projects - they are either converted former proprietary projects (Firefox, OpenOffice.org, etc) or reimplementation of proprietary projects (Linux, GCC, MySQL, etc). In rare cases FOSS dominates the niche from the start to finish (web-servers: from NCSA httpd to Apache), but it only happens when initial design is simple enough and can be done without massive efffort. Otherwise proprietary leads for a while but eventually FOSS overcomes it - and looks like that is natural lifecycle of software... I suspect most of Google's software is at the beginning of this cycle. But some are already at the middle and may be even closer to the end (whoever uses Picasa for Linux ? what for ?).
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