Subject: Re: [coallesced replies] Re: how to create 21,780 new free software jobs (2,530 in R&D)
From: "Benjamin J. Tilly " <ben_tilly@operamail.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2002 12:41:56 +0500

Nick Jennings <nkj@namodn.com> wrote:
> On Sat, Nov 09, 2002 at 05:28:40PM -0800, Brian J. Fox wrote:
[...]
> > It failed, mostly because people didn't want to be service-locked.
> 
>  What about if the service in question was not "locked" in the way that
>  some services can be switched to others providing the same service?
> 
>  For instance, if this service was standardized and well-documented for
>  the possibility of others to implement, people could switch service
>  as they switch ISP's these days.

Unless the service was based on a well-known and widely
available standard (eg Debian), switching services would
introduce all of the problems that trying to support
systems that aren't under your control brings.

Possibly even then you would have trouble.

>  Also, the functionality of the system can still be usefull even if the
>  service is disconnect (or otherwise not available), due to the local
>  caching filesystem.

Only if effort is put out to make this true.  Starting
with a good packaging system might make sense.

Yes, both of these suggest that Debian or a more user
friendly variation thereof might be a good starting
place for a project like this. :-)  (Don't know if it is
really there yet though.)

Cheers,
Ben
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