Subject: Re: What should Sun do?
From: Laurent GUERBY <>
Date: Tue, 01 Feb 2005 21:22:34 +0100

On Mon, 2005-01-31 at 13:34 -0800, DV Henkel-Wallace wrote:
> On 31 Jan 2005, at 13:11, Robin 'Roblimo' Miller wrote:
> > Because that's the software visible on shelves at the local retailer. 
> > No one -- other than software developers and IT managers -- thinks 
> > about all those corporate "fill in the forms" programs and whatnot. 
> > What percentage of the population knows what a "PHP" or ".NET" is? Or 
> > cares?
> It's also easier to measure. [...]

That's just wrong, it's pretty easy to measure private vs proprietary:
you can get the number of IT employees working in companies that don't
sell software (all do support and/or in house and won't be affected if
say all proprietery software just disappear) vs number of IT employees
in companies that sell software adjusted by the published ratios of
licensing vs service revenues (most IT companies dutifully report

Economists routinely do that kind of computations for many sectors, they
just happen to be not doing it for IT and keep studying the 10%
part of the industry that sells proprietary software as if it
was the whole software industry...