Subject: Re: Successful FSBs
From: "Stephen J. Turnbull" <stephen@xemacs.org>
Date: Wed, 06 Nov 2002 09:41:35 +0900

>>>>> "Lynn" == Lynn Winebarger <owinebar@free-expression.org> writes:

    Lynn> the OSS argument is that the freeness condition tends to
    Lynn> maximize quality by peer review

If you mean "many eyes, shallow bugs", that's only in part correct.
To the extent that quality means "adapted to need", freeness also
maximizes adaptability by reducing the "chunk size".

    Lynn> (the corresponding proprietary argument is that profit
    Lynn> drives quality maximization by attracting the best
    Lynn> programming talent).

Who knows what attracts the "best"?  That's always been unknown to
economists, not to mention everybody else (cf A Beautiful Mind).  But
profits attract _resources_.  Certainly they tend to hold talent once
it shows up.


-- 
Institute of Policy and Planning Sciences     http://turnbull.sk.tsukuba.ac.jp
University of Tsukuba                    Tennodai 1-1-1 Tsukuba 305-8573 JAPAN
               Ask not how you can "do" free software business;
              ask what your business can "do for" free software.