Subject: Re: Order entry application user group
From: "Stephen J. Turnbull" <>
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 1999 12:18:22 +0900 (JST)

>>>>> "Kragen" == Kragen Sitaker <> writes:

    Kragen> And still the doubters would not shut up.

    Kragen> There are always people who believe that what has not been
    Kragen> done cannot be done.  They are usually wrong.

This is true.  And a corollary implicit in your proof is that it can
usually be done by people who are not even expecting to get fabulously 
rich from it.

But "how fast can it be done?" _is_ a relevant question.  So far free
software is running fast enough to keep up, even catch up or extend a
lead, in some segments of some markets.  Does that continue?  Spread
to new sectors, markets, and segments?  If so, which ones?   Using
what business (and non-business!) models?

I think it is preferable to interpret Brian's caveat in terms of
"these areas are going to be slower than others", and to discuss in
terms of "but free software will catch up and eventually dominate"
vs. "oh, no, it will always be marginal", not "can so!" "can NOT!"

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