Subject: Re: great quote
From: (Kragen)
Date: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 17:13:51 -0400 (EDT)

On Thu, 18 Jun 1998, Brian Behlendorf wrote:
> At 06:49 PM 6/18/98 -0000, Russell Nelson wrote:
> >,1270,720,00.html
> >
> > "Having the source code is the difference between buying a
> >  house and renting an apartment," said Behlendorf. 
> Thanks.  Now can anyone explain to me what I meant?  I should never to
> speak to reporters before my morning coffee.  :)

In an apartment, you have to ask the landlord to fix things.  In a
house you own, you can fix them yourself.  Same is true for building on
additions, or building in bookshelves -- with the additional problem
that you're less likely to be able to build in bookshelves if you're

What's more, if your landlord runs into trouble, you may have to find a
new place to live.  (This happened to me in California in 1996.  The
house was supposedly worth $400,000+, and that's what the mortgage was
based on, but it was right next to the freeway, and nobody else thought
it was worth that much.  Eventually, the bank foreclosed, and I had to
go find a new home.)

I think the analogy is extremely apt.