Subject: Re: Wal-mart drives software industry
From: "Stephen J. Turnbull" <stephen@xemacs.org>
Date: 27 Feb 2002 11:18:54 +0900

>>>>> "Pat" == Pat Eyler <pate@eylerfamily.org> writes:

    Pat> Is the better role for the small FSB to try and break in with
    Pat> Wal-mart's suppliers/vendors.  By providing interoperability

How do you do that without access to source?

How do you, providing source, keep out rivals with money in the bank
they can use to hire good programmers---who might even work for you at
that moment?

How do you, as a new vendor, provide assurance that you'll be there to
maintain the product in a year?

Wal-mart could very well end up as a major player in open source.  But
this is the inside-out gospel according to Raymond, not the outside-in
epistle from Lord.

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