On Friday 24 March 2006 05:27 pm, Richard Schilling wrote:
> Rod Roark wrote:
> > Nobody is going to pay thousands of dollars for certification of
> > free software -- not to mention that such software by its nature will
> > be continually evolving and so quickly rendering any given
> > certification obsolete.
> And why not? I'm not being flippant. It's a serious question. What's
> wrong with doing that? What's wrong with going to the expense to show
> that your open source product meets the same quality controls as the big
> vendor products?
It's not MY open source product. It's not even a product. See below
for more about that. And I would not say that anyone would be "wrong"
for doing it. I am just saying that nobody WILL do it.
> If open souce leads to a viable business model, the money will be there.
The point is, open source (as in Free Software) is NOT a business
model. It's a method and end result of collaboration among users.
I make good money at it only because some of those users are willing
to pay me to do the techie work for them.
I repeat: NOBODY will pay thousands for certification of Free
Software. They will use it because they already believe in it.
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