Free is too expensive (Economist)
Posted Apr 1, 2012 16:44 UTC (Sun) by khim
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But the thing is, in this model you don't give away your code to the general public, you merely give the code to a maintainer that is specialized in porting software.
So what? You still send your “crown jewels” to some tiny company which probably does not have enough money in the bank to properly reimburse you in a case of the leak.
Note that typically companies don't even have the source rights for all the components (witness mighty struggles when they want to open-source something) so even if you'll manage to placate internal legal dogs it's still will be mighty struggle to obtain sources for all the middleware used.
Huge undertaking. And for what? For 1% of users? May be 2% if we are lucky? Are you joking?
Such a model would fix most problems, but someone need to put up an app store and make it work with various distros.
Sorry, but no. Such model may help with open sources packages (and thus it's probably worthwhile) and will include much derided “glorified bookmarks”, but most serious developers will just ignore it.
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