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GNU, GPL, Open Source "A recent survey by Gartner found that more than half of organizations surveyed have adopted open source software (OSS) solutions as part of their IT strategy. Nearly one-third of respondents cited benefits of flexibility, increased innovation, shorter development times and faster procurement processes as reasons for adopting OSS solutions. However, the survey revealed that only one-third of responding organizations had a formal OSS policy in place."
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RE[7]: dont forget to donate
by Nth_Man on Fri 11th Feb 2011 05:03 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: dont forget to donate"
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That hurts customers. If you have bought something that later forces you to go to the same vendor, with abusive prices, you already have experienced what's a vendor lock-in.
For a classic example: buying a printer from X that only accepts ink from the vendor X (hey, you have even to pay the microchips that come in the cartridge because they want you locked into X) with abusive prices, because now you have to depend on them.

There's an alternative, and is standards. That allows you to:
- use petrol, tyres, etc. in your car even if they are not from the car manufacturer.
- change screws, etc in your devices even if they are not from the device manufacturer.
- use a TV even if it's not from the tv channel station. Note: this can change with the possible Apple, Microsoft or Google TV, we'll see.

On the contrary... this is a very good way to sell software.

A "funny" and graphical way of seeing the effects of vendor lock-in in software sales is seen in:

Edited 2011-02-11 05:05 UTC

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