Subject: Re: Net Rules and Net Keys.
From: Bernard Lang <Bernard.Lang@inria.fr>
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2001 19:48:14 +0100

On Wed, Jan 10, 2001 at 06:15:19PM +0000, Simon Cozens wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 10, 2001 at 09:54:09AM -0800, Crispin Cowan wrote:
> > It is less clear that a pure service model is a viable business model.  The
> > fact that dozens of Linux companies are doing it is not evidence: there are
> > lots of dot.coms that have money-losing business plans & have not yet burned
> > all their capital :-)  FSB is still largely an experiment.  I believe it
> > will succeed, at least for some, but the evidence is not yet there in large
> > scale.
> 
> There seems to be a lot of money-losing, capital-burning dot.coms that don't
> have a service model and rapidly go under, and those which do have a service
> model don't. But then I have no facts or statistics to back this up, and if I
> didn't feel it was true I wouldn't have written the article, so maybe I'm
> looking at badly selected evidence.

  Open Cascade seems pretty happy about going open-source with their
$1M CAD-CAM library: http://www.opencascade.com/highligh/pressconf.html
Making more money on service than planned.


Bernard

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