[kwlug-disc] One way to kill open source
cdfrey at foursquare.net
Mon May 11 15:31:53 EDT 2009
On Mon, May 11, 2009 at 02:33:34PM -0400, Richard Weait wrote:
> The article suggests:
> "Software companies could be held responsible for the security and
> efficacy of their products, if a new European Commission consumer
> protection proposal becomes law."
> This is unlikely, if enacted, to apply to Free Software; no contractual
> agreement. It will increase the cost of proprietary software as they
> scramble to pay for insurance. Proprietary software quality will not
Actually, throw enough money and time at it, and proprietary software will
improve. Otherwise they would go out of business.
Like a scenario I read (I think on slashdot):
Customer: Are you properly insured?
Software house: Of course we are... all pro software shops are
insured. That's why our software costs $23,000.
Computers would become a luxury item for the rich, or more likely,
software development would move to a cheaper environment, say, in web
services. Perhaps selling software to run on someone else's machine
is too risky, but selling a service online that could fail occasionally
would be ok.
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