Subject: Re: Chaordic Commons
From: "Forrest J. Cavalier III" <>
Date: Tue, 9 Jul 2002 17:33:16 -0400 (EDT)

> This above suggests that the problem with the desktop software market was the
> intial allocation and suggests that markets alone may be unable to solve the
> problem of reduced innovation resulting from closed software. So even if it is
> a concumptive good the market will not work to bring the best good forward. 
> The intial bias of the desktop market to closed may be more than the market can
> overcome. 

Why is there the presumption that "innovation" is "best"?

I fall into the camp that believes M$ is selling stability, 
predictability, and familiarity, not innovative features.  (I don't 
think M$ has been particularly good at selling those, and if anything
they have been getting worse.)