Subject: Re: gdb
From: Michael Tiemann <>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 1997 20:06:28 -0800

    No.  For large outfits, the overhead of one person becoming the expert on
    the location, care and feeding of free software which could then be
    replicated internally would probably be much smaller than the amount of $$
    saved in license fees.

This is true only in a short-term analysis.  If, in the long term, the
free software delivers real value, the organization becomes hostage to
the single person (who may decide to cash in their options and start an
internet company).  A company like Cygnus solutions can spread that risk
across so many people that when an engineer has a change of heart, the
customer is not exposed to undue risk.