Subject: Re: Back to business [was: the Be thread]
From: "Stephen J. Turnbull" <>
Date: Wed, 24 Nov 1999 18:15:45 +0900 (JST)

>>>>> "Craig" == Craig Brozefsky <> writes:

    Craig> The technological and procedural advances can be made
    Craig> without Free Software.

Bazaar development would be very difficult without free software, IMO.
So far, even quite close approximations (Ghostscript, Mozilla) have
failed to get bazaar-like response from developers.  Of course there
are other reasons for each case, but AFAIK only free software has
attracted the kind of response that created the Linux phenomenon.
Freedom to fork seems crucial, even if never actually exercised.
Cf. Russ's freedom to compete on the FSB side.

    Craig> On an unrelated note, how does Free Software fare against
    Craig> proprietary software in terms of how fast the price for
    Craig> well-known solutions drops?

What do you mean by "well-known solutions"?  Algorithms?  Products?

This would be very difficult to assess quantitatively since it
certainly involves "total cost of ownership."

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