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  ESR: "We Don't Need the GPL Anymore"
Subject:   Won't be able to compete?
Date:   2005-07-01 08:20:29
From:   paul@paul-robinson.us
Response to: Oh really?

I think the point that ESR is trying to make is that it doesn't matter if some company steals open source software and uses it to create a proprietary product. ESR believes that the advantages that FOSS have over proprietary software are so great that companies that engage in that kind of activity still won't be able to compete against FOSS solutions.
And this is why Microsoft's proprietary Windows operating system has 85% of the desktop market and Linux has about 8%?
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  • Won't be able to compete?
    2005-07-01 08:29:23  notchewie [View]

    paul@paul-robinson.us writes, "And this is why Microsoft's proprietary Windows operating system has 85% of the desktop market and Linux has about 8%?"

    Nice troll; well not really. You're completely ignoring historical facts with this statement. You should be looking at the increasing numbers of non-MS desktop on the market that are based on FOSS technology.
  • Won't be able to compete?
    2005-07-01 09:22:26  rben13 [View]

    Window's won't always have such a large market share. In fact, very few products have ever held such a large market share w/o government enforced monopolies. In a truely free market, such a monopoply is impossible.

    MS is beginning to lose ground to Linux in the area of network servers and to Apple in desktops. Note that Mac OS/X is built on a FOSS operating system.

    The vast majority of computers in the rapidly developing countries of China, India, Mexico and the entire continent of Africa, will wind up running FOSS simply because of the costs associated with proprietary software. China, India, Taiwan and Japan have already started talking about working on a Linux version specifically for their governmental needs.

    The next generation of programmers from those countries are going to be trained first on Linux and other FOSS software.

    So no, I don't think MS will be able to compete, not for the OS market.