Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 12th Apr 2005 16:15 UTC
Editorial Being the best doesn't always mean being the most popular. We all know of many inferior products that are immensely, sometimes perplexingly, popular. However, this does not mean that one must forsake the pursuit of excellence when pursuing a broad market share. As proponents of open source software, it should not be beneath us to pursue popularity or to look to proprietary developers as examples. And by following the right examples, we can help spread the usage of open source software without sacrificing the goal of software excellence, says NewsForge.
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@J. Thompson
by eric on Tue 12th Apr 2005 17:44 UTC

Fatal to your argument is the fact that true "innovation," even among proprietary programs, is exceedingly rare. Almost all proprietary software is just "copying" functionality already found in other programs. True innovation is rare, and where it does exist, its almost always in the form of a small incremental change over what existed prior to it. Even the most innovative of programs are comprised almost entirely of common, well known elements with addition of small number of novel elements.

And concerning the rest of your comment, it is true now, and has always been true, that the overwhelming majority of programers are employed doing "in-house" custom development, or building "bespoke" applications as part of a broader custom solution tailored to fit specific conditions.