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 Smartpatrol on Tue 26th Oct 2004 22:38 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.

I understand what you are saying but as far as pricing with support we are talking apples and apples. Its a much used misguided argument that running an OSS solution is costless. It is just not the case hence the reason I branded the authors statement FUD.