[kwlug-disc] the intertoobz never forget
bjonkman at sobac.com
Fri Oct 9 23:32:59 EDT 2009
Chris Frey wrote:
> Sharing changes back to the community is a cost cutting measure.
> The more you use FOSS, and the more changes you make, the more
> of a headache maintaining your own little version will be.
> I think it's a self-correcting problem, in many ways.
> - Chris
Do you mean that making and maintaining changes in isolation is
expensive, but making changes, contributing them back and then having
the community maintain the changes is less expensive?
I can see the benefit in the latter. There is benefit in the former
only if the changes kept secret earn more income than the cost of the
I think that part of the problem of companies not contributing their
changes back to the community is that those companies prize their
Intellectual Property of the code too highly. Which is why they want
patents, so that other companies with clever programmers aren't allowed
to make the same changes. <sigh>
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