[kwlug-disc] OSS opportunity to go mainstream, big time

Chris Frey cdfrey at foursquare.net
Thu Sep 16 18:05:59 EDT 2010


On Thu, Sep 16, 2010 at 02:45:46PM -0700, William Park wrote:
> I don't know.  Why do OSS always copy and follow successful and proven Windows
> application?  I can't think of any successful business or pioneer idea that 
> involves OSS.

PGP, Tor, Unix itself, email, TCP/IP.


> Even Google is not "open source".  Facebook will say, "Get of my tail."

The Facebook clones are not a matter of innovation... it's the closed
nature of the system biting people in the backside, until a large enough
minority start saying "Get me out of here!"

People are often quite happy with closed source shackles until they
run out of chain.

- Chris




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