Subject: Re: FW: Why would I pay for Ximian software?
From: "Perry E. Metzger" <>
Date: 02 Jan 2002 22:44:38 -0500

Tom Lord <> writes:
> The bits in a distribution are not rivalrous.  The "commons" is the
> engineering infrastructure which produces, maintains, and deploys the
> software, not the software itself.  Proprietary software companies
> have figured out how to administer this resource.  FSBs, for the most
> part, have not.
> The problem seems to be that FSBs are selling what they know how to
> sell, and what their customers know how to buy and receive, rather
> than what they ought to be transacting over.  For what they *are*
> selling, prices are naturally low, so the engineering infrastructure
> becomes "over-grazed".

Although I did not mean to invoke a standard commons argument (I
inserted the phrase without thinking about it sufficiently), this is
an interesting viewpoint.

Perry E. Metzger
NetBSD Development, Support & CDs.