Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Nov 2006 18:16 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Novell and Ximian Novell and Microsoft recently entered into an agreement regarding software patents (really?) that betrays the rest of the Free Software community, including the very people who wrote Novell's own system, for Novell's sole financial beneift, according to Bruce Perens. Join Perens in signing an open letter to Novell's CEO Ron Hovsepian. "As the agreement stands today, it betrays the authors of the software you re-market and their users worldwide for Novell's sole commercial benefit."
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RE[2]: Clue Stick
by g2devi on Wed 22nd Nov 2006 23:56 UTC in reply to "RE: Clue Stick"
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> In the corporate world everything is about money.

Not really, unless you work at Enron.

In the general corporate world, "Good Will" is huge. It doesn't show up directly on the balance sheet, but if you have a lot of good will, customers order more from you and if a superior competitor comes along or if you mess up, customers don't just jump ship. They stick with you until you get back on your feet again.

Apple, for instance, is a company that has a lot of good will for both users and developers. It was only because of that good will that Apple was able to move from MacOS9 to OSX and change platforms from PowerPC to Intel. If Apple didn't have such strong good will, it would be dead now because those changes were by no means seemless nor cheap.

It's also a reason why companies invest in ROR (Return on Relationship). New customers are an order of magnitude more expensive to get than old customers, so it make a lot of financial sense to ensure that your old customers have a lot of good will towards you, even if you have to forgo trying to "milk these cash cows".

Edited 2006-11-22 23:58

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