Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th Jun 2008 15:13 UTC
Oracle and SUN Sun UK's chief open-source officer, Simon Phipps, has a high-profile role to play as the company is seeking a complete its move to 100 percent open software development. When asked about the criticism over its commitment to open source, Simon re-iterate its commitment with a "Pig and a Chicken" story: "Both animals were asked by the farmer to bring something along for breakfast one morning to show their worth. The chicken turns up with an egg, while the pig turns up with a side of bacon. The farmer looks over the offerings and says: "Well, the chicken has contributed, but the pig is committed."
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RE[2]: The New World
by unclefester on Sat 28th Jun 2008 11:49 UTC in reply to "RE: The New World"
unclefester
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Carmakers make relatively little profit on cars. They make money out of spares and service. You can almost always buy any part for cars 20 years old. Mercedes will provide parts and service for their 50 year old models. Rolls Royce will service, repair or refurbish any Roller ever made at the factory. Bentley will customise in virtually any way possible if your pockets are deep enough - "Pink ostrich skin seats, gold plated wheels, lime green shag pile carpets and ruby-studded solid platinum gear knob...no problem at all Sir!"

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RE[3]: The New World
by netpython on Sat 28th Jun 2008 18:55 in reply to "RE[2]: The New World"
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2005-07-06

You mean the dealers make very little margins?

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RE[4]: The New World
by kaiwai on Sun 29th Jun 2008 01:17 in reply to "RE[3]: The New World"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

You mean the dealers make very little margins?


Yeap. In Australia there was a big stink made up about the new comer called "Super Cheap Auto's"; alot of people have been suckered into this "must go to an authorised dealer" after purchasing a car. The reality is that they could go anywhere, and the dealers themselves alot of the time would sell a car hardly any mark up - in some cases, a loss, then make up the difference by selling 'authorised servicing and parts' to make up for the lack of profit. Its been going on for years.

Same with petrol service stations. For the average service station owner, less than 2% of their profit comes from selling petrol; most of their profit comes from selling stuff in the store. That is why, for example, if if you go through New Zealand, petrol stations have been virtually turned into supermarkets. The margins for the petrol station owner aren't there.

Back to Sun, I wish people stopped being dishonest by using the term 'giving it away'. Sun isn't giving anything away. The value in software isn't the zeros and ones, it is in the all the things that surround it. Software make a piece of hardware useful, services have to be sold onto of software to make it useful in large companies. To say that software in and of itself is profitable simply ignores how a software business operates.

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