Linked by David Adams on Tue 26th Oct 2004 16:30 UTC
Editorial The software industry is undergoing a gradual transformation, and consumer fatigue is at its root. The licensing model that has formed the basis for the modern software industry is facing challenges on many fronts, and the industry is scrambling to keep its footing. Where this period of change may lead software producers and consumers isn't quite clear, but some trends are emerging. Since the proliferation of the internet, unauthorized redistribution of digital goods has become rampant. But although software sharing probably won't kill the software industry, the reasoning behind it shares some pedigree with the customer revolt that promises to transform the way software is sold.
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by Archangel on Tue 26th Oct 2004 22:10 UTC

Okay, but a Microsoft solution would be SQL Server (Access being, well, hopeless) which still costs a couple of thousand? I'm not totally up on the pricing of it but that's still that couple of thousand more than mySQL.
And I think the article basically was talking about open source at that point - the point being that if there is a free alternative people feel less happy about paying money for the commercial one, even if it has advantages.