Subject: Re: Open Source Developer Exchange
From: "Stephen J. Turnbull" <>
Date: Sun, 02 Mar 2003 21:04:34 +0900

>>>>> "Nik" == Nik Cubrilovic <> writes:

    Nik> As part of being the intermediary, you can identify overlap
    Nik> with existing solutions and incorporate that (save
    Nik> development by not reinventing the wheel - only possible with
    Nik> Open Source).

True for open source developers and other small (is beautiful and we
never wanna get too big) businesses.  From the customer's point of
view, why not go with someone big enough to join patent pools and pay
RSA-style license fees?  (And it's not either/or---you can always go
with the biggest fish in _that_ game, and it ain't Bill Gates's l'il
ol' company neither.  They are also one of the biggest players in
mega-corporation open source.  Big Blue.)

So yes, you can do this.  But don't try to sell it to your customers
as something only open source can do.  Sell it to them as (a) cheaper
and (b) no vendor lock-in as long as there's a single unemployed
programmer left in the world.

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