Subject: Re: Apache chairman: Days numbered for commercial software
From: Russ Nelson <>
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2006 11:59:00 -0500

Seth Johnson writes:
 > Commercial, closed source software will not go away "because
 > there's so many small niches that people will be able to exploit
 > or be able to make commercial solutions off of," D'Amours said.

At that point, there is no difference between the price of a
proprietary solution and an open source solution that you immediately
sell to the entire market.

 > Even licenses associated with Google (Profile, Products,
 > Articles), where Stein is employed, Yahoo and MSN are closed, he
 > said. "Their software is also closed. It's proprietary; you can't
 > get at it," said Stein.

The license for software which is not distributed is moot.

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