[kwlug-disc] interesting piece on the power of open source

Lori Paniak ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
Tue Dec 1 13:25:23 EST 2009


Let's not get carried away.  There are a number of issues that FLOSS
still has to deal with.  Like the "70% working" problem, or the problem
of support.  Beyond appliances, can FLOSS deliver what the retail
end-user wants, in a way they can stomach?

Even the most highly polished "retail" FLOSS software comes up short on
important measures such as ease of installation: eg. the latest Ubuntu
release.

Maybe "open source" will always be a synonym for "perpetual beta"?
That's OK for the lab and server room, but probably not good enough for
Best Buy.

The success of FLOSS is not a foregone conclusion.  There is plenty of
work to be done.


On Tue, 2009-12-01 at 13:03 -0500, Robert P. J. Day wrote:
> "Under the right conditions, open-source will eventually dominate a
> category because it is the most economically efficient software model
> in the world."
> 
> http://kellyherrell.wordpress.com/2009/11/30/the-open-source-business-whats-tomorrows-dominance-worth-today/
> 
> rday
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