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Top message:  Reactions... by hepresearch   Sep 28, 2012, 1:35 PM

Replying to:  Re: Reactions... by hepresearch   Sep 30, 2012, 7:00 PM

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by T Bone    Sep 30, 2012, 9:21 PM

I honestly don't think that open source software, sold free of charge, is a long term obstacle for traditional computer companies like Apple and Microsoft....not on the large scale....and here is why:

The people who write open source software do it in their spare time, it is not something that they are deeply committed to...they volunteer an hour here and there, and since they don't get paid for their work, they feel no real sense of urgency to get it right or to fix bugs when they are discovered...this is why the 'millions of eyes are looking at this code' argument for open source doesn't really work....

In addition, open source software can never offer real support, all they have are online forums.....and those are largely hit and miss...

Now, something like Android is not true open source, it is what might be called 'managed open source' where there is one big company, with paid employees, overseeing everything...that can work, but it's not true open source, it's only quasiopen at best.....

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