Subject: Re: Lehman Report, Software patents, and more
From: (Russell Nelson)
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 94 22:21 EDT

   Date: Thu, 25 Aug 94 18:05:41 PDT
   From: (L. Peter Deutsch)

   > Part of that is the cost of Unix, both in terms of the actual software
   > itself, plus the cost of administering it.  But y'know, people are
   > starting to complain about the cost of administering Windows, and
   > Windows isn't even a real OS!  I think the potential is there for
   > Linux to evolve into an end-user friendly OS.

   The potential has been there for Unix to do that for almost 20 years,
   and it hasn't happened.  Why do you think that is?

Because the people who demand it have never had the hardware to run
Unix.  Heretofore they've run DOS because they *had* to.  They finally
have enough hardware to run a real OS.  And guess what?  A real OS is
as complicated as Unix.

   >    Having the source code is great, but it's not a substitute for ease
   >    of configuration, documentation, or reliability, none of which Linux
   >    has.  And as a producer, I get calls all the time (from end-users)
   >    telling me that Ghostscript is too hard to install or use.
   > So Ghostscript is worth calling you about but not worth paying for?

   What would they pay for?  I can't distribute a supported end-user version
   of Ghostscript at a competitive price: my time would be nibbled to death
   by support calls from clueless users.  I would either have to pay beaucoup
   $$ to get end-user-quality documentation written, or beaucoup $$ to hire a
   support person.

So don't.  If there's that many users, then there's reason for someone
to take the financial risk to write _Ghostscript: The Book_.  That's
one of the nice things about free software, is that the software,
documentation, and support, are all separable as products.

-russ <>
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