Subject: Re: "I've got more programmers than you"
From: dblankley@iwon.com
Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2001 08:02:17 -0400

 Wed, 3 Oct 2001 08:02:17 -0400
>Free industrial-strength RDBMS?  Just forget it.  Nobody can afford do
>the kind of exhaustive QC such a beast needs for free.  Yes, I know
>about PostgreSQL and like it a lot, but it will never catch up with
>Oracle, Sybase, Informix, etc. 'cause the project doesn't (and a crisp
>$20 says it won't so long as it's Free) have those kind of resources
>available.

Couldn't the same argument can be made about OS, desktop or web-server???

Dave

-- Original Message --

>On Wed, Oct 03, 2001 at 01:59:31AM -0700, Tom Lord wrote:
>
>> That's the game that a lot of proprietary software vendors play
>> within standards arenas: "I've got more programmers than you".
>
>It's pretty obvious that this is the appropriate way to get certain
>things done, unless you have a bad case of Bazaar Psychosis, which
>just reduces the obviousness to the victim.
>
>> You wanna write free Java?  Well, you've got to keep up with the
>> rate at which we can specify new libraries and new VM features.
>
>Wanna get something accomplished rather than dizzying yourself n
>jillion new libraries and new VM features?  Use Perl.
>
>> You wanna write free C#?  Same deal.
>
>Wanna make technical decisions based on marketroid buzzwords?  Lemme
>know how the soup is on the soup line.
>
>> Wanna write a free web browser?  Hmm...let's see how fast W3C can
>> go.
>
>Free web browser?  Who really gives a rat's ass?
>
>Free industrial-strength RDBMS?  Just forget it.  Nobody can afford do
>the kind of exhaustive QC such a beast needs for free.  Yes, I know
>about PostgreSQL and like it a lot, but it will never catch up with
>Oracle, Sybase, Informix, etc. 'cause the project doesn't (and a crisp
>$20 says it won't so long as it's Free) have those kind of resources
>available.
>
>> What's the right reply for FSBs to make?
>
>How 'bout choosing your battles?
>
>> So far, I gather, the proposed answer is (on all three fronts,
>> simultaneously) ``Sure, sounds like a fun game!''
>
>Want everybody in FSB's to say something all at once, let alone
>something coherent?  Take a fistful anti-psychotic meds. :)
>
>My $.02!  All mine!
>
>Cheers,
>D
>-- 
>David Fetter david@fetter.org http://fetter.org/~shackle/
>phone +1 415 567 2690  fax: +1 415 567 2340
>




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