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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Numbers, please???
by MHV on Wed 27th Oct 2004 02:41 UTC

For example, the complexity of the Oracle database and the amount of man-hours that has gone into its creation is probably less than that of the Windows operating system, but it costs a hundred times more. Lucky for Bill Gates, there's a demand for a much higher quantity of Windows licenses. I guess that's why he's more than twice as rich as Larry Ellison.

What kind of an argument is that?