Subject: Re: gdb
From: Chris Maeda <cmaeda@alum.mit.edu>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 1997 11:25:35 -0800

Wake up, dude.  My engineers have better things to do than 
understand the code of free software.  The whole point of this
discussion is that free software tools are too low on the value 
chain to waste engineer time on.

At 09:56 AM 12/18/97 -0500, James Horton wrote:
>Thats' why the company need to let it's employees learn to read the
>source code of the free software, and budget time for these
>professionals to learn things, other that the support desks phone
>numbers.
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>Read the code and learn.
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>James
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>On Wed, 17 Dec 1997, Michael Tiemann wrote:
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>>     No.  For large outfits, the overhead of one person becoming the expert on
>>     the location, care and feeding of free software which could then be
>>     replicated internally would probably be much smaller than the amount of $$
>>     saved in license fees.
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>> This is true only in a short-term analysis.  If, in the long term, the
>> free software delivers real value, the organization becomes hostage to
>> the single person (who may decide to cash in their options and start an
>> internet company).  A company like Cygnus solutions can spread that risk
>> across so many people that when an engineer has a change of heart, the
>> customer is not exposed to undue risk.
>> 
>> Michael
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