Subject: Re: Competition by internal expertise for F/OSS vendors
From: Thomas Lord <>
Date: Tue, 02 Sep 2008 20:05:10 -0700

Stephen J. Turnbull wrote:
> Don Marti writes:
>  > A "cynic" funding free software as a bargaining chip
>  > might actually be more motivated to fund "plumbing"
>  > work than an FSB
> What "might"?  While IBM and Sun (for starters) clearly "believe in
> open source" in some sense or other, they are not FSBs in the sense of
> building their businesses around freedom.  Their support for free
> software is a matter of tactics rather their core competence.  And
> certainly a large part of their funding of work on Linux, Eclipse, and
> OpenOffice is about kneecapping Microsoft, as well as funding work of
> practical use to themselves.  That surely fits your "cynic".


 From a labor perspective, it is as if the free software movement
and open source crowd came together to build the ultimate
platform for proprietary software, gratis.   If that had been our
goal, we should be popping champagne corks.