Subject: Re: Examples needed against Soft Patents
From: "Stephen J. Turnbull" <stephen@xemacs.org>
Date: Tue, 28 Dec 2004 14:37:28 +0900

>>>>> "Russell" == Russell McOrmond <russell@flora.ca> writes:

    Russell>   This is a business model issue, not a public safety
    Russell> issue.

Drugs that are never innovated are a public health issue.

    Russell> FLOSS provides for resource multiplication.

s/multiplication/division/

Consider Sourceforge.  Somebody recently pointed out that there are
about 10 different projects for counting the projects on Sourceforge.
Wheel reinvention is endemic.  Code that sucks[tm] doesn't get
reviewed and improved, it gets ignored in favor of code that's
marginally less sucky, which then gets rewritten from scratch which
permits preemptive closure of all open bugs on version N-1.
(http://www.jwz.org/doc/cadt.html for a bilious rant, or
http://turnbull.sk.tsukuba.ac.jp/Research/OSS/McConnell-PrimeTime.pdf
for the professional version of the rant, now several years old but no
less true).

    Russell> This is the business model I use for software
    Russell> development,

And how many of those programs had to pass $50 million worth of tests
before you were allowed to sell them?


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