Subject: Re: Successful FSBs
From: "Tim O'Reilly" <>
Date: Sun, 27 Oct 2002 16:05:36 -0800

On 10/27/02 12:59 PM, "Benjamin J. Tilly" <> wrote:

> This is great for most of us.  But why should ANY
> established business which understands Clayton
> Christensen's thesis not see this as a damned good
> reason to run screaming in terror from free software?

Well, if someone else is going to do it to you anyway, better to be in the
driver's seat, especially if you think through the long term consequences.
If IBM had understood what they'd unleashed with the commodity hardware of
the PC, they could have become both Dell (the company that best realized the
low-cost potential of commodity hardware) and Microsoft (the company that
best realized the profit potential of monopoly software on top of that
commodity hardware platform).  Not to mention Intel.  But they turned the
genie loose and let someone else realize its potential.

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