Subject: Re: CNET: The coming open monopoly in software
From: Russell Nelson <>
Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2001 01:34:36 -0400 (EDT)

Brian J. Fox writes:
 > That sounds like number-of-downloads (i.e., market share), is related
 > to barrier to entry.

In one very significant way, it is not.  What happens if the software
is insecure?  If it is, then every additional copy decreases the
security of the net in general, and the security of the downloader in
specific.  Virus writers attack the most popular software.

So when people get pissed-off enough, the installed base becomes a

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