Subject: Re: Cygnus and proprietary software
From: kragen@pobox.com (Kragen)
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 1997 06:32:50 -0500 (EST)

On Tue, 23 Dec 1997, Chris Maeda wrote:
> As far as I can see, free software sucks as a business model, and it 
> especially sucks in the face of proprietary competitors. There are no
> examples of a free software company where a proprietary software
> company couldn't make more money.  You might have a successful
> free software business today, but if you're making too much money
> some proprietary competitor will come in and use his higher profit margins
> to bury you.

You can make much better software if you're making free software.  I would
like to think that this has something to do with the success of a software
business.

There *is* a Prisoner's Dilemma situation with R&D when you have two
companies working on the same software.

Kragen