[kwlug-disc] interesting piece on the power of open source
unsolicited at swiz.ca
Tue Dec 1 13:32:31 EST 2009
> 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."
Lori Paniak wrote, On 12/01/2009 1:25 PM:
> 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.
So, FLOSS may be the 'best' (mostly) software in the world once
implemented / inserted / installed, but doesn't / fails / can't
actually put it in the hands of the (mass) end users?
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