> On Sun, Jun 22, 2003 at 01:46:30PM -0400, Ivica Bukvic wrote:
Software would remain open-source. But the assumption is if you are
willing to part with the freedoms Linux and other GNU OS's offer, and
pay for a costlier system, as well as a bunch of shrink-wrapped apps,
then you might as well pay for the oss apps and help the oss community.
No one would switch to Apache in the first place were it not better than
the closed-source solutions. By the same token if I have a killer audio
app, they would either pay for it for their OS or switch to Linux or any
other oss OS and enjoy the freedom. It's a bit pushy tactics, but that's
exactly what our competition is doing, and doing it rather well.
I disagree. It penalizes the company so that it cannot claim that it is
Unix-like environment when it does not run (albeit for licensing
reasons) Unix software.
if it were
You are mixing two notions: popularity of free software vs. popularity
of _free OS_. Two are not the same.
But even if they get in contact with the oss as you pointed out, my
personal experience has taught me that they do not say "cool app, let me
switch to the oss OS." Rather, they say, "cool app, let's download more"
since it obviously works just fine on their OS and there is no need to
use Linux or any other oss OS. Hence, there is no benefit in it for
> you don't put a 'no gurls allowed' sign on your clubhouse and then
Wrong analogy. To use your context (as funny as it seems :-), I would
put 'no gurls allowed without paying' on a clubhouse that has a
covercharge. Then, next to it would be a clubhouse that is free for both
boys and girls. Pop quiz: Where would the girls go?
> if nothing else think of the children: just because the school system
With my proposal the schools would realize that with Linux they would
get both the cheap computer and all the software they needed for free,
instead of licensing the closed source alternatives. It would be simply
an economical decision if nothing else. Hence, no need for weird cult
examples of their activities in dark places ;-)
> (and if anyone wants to start a company that gives away free audio
Sorry, you lost me there. I guess you are implying it's a good thing,
and I concur. However, I do not see how it connects with the stuff
Thanks for your insights!