Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 21st Nov 2008 00:11 UTC, submitted by Moulinneuf
Windows Every now and then, an article pops up which argues that it would make sense for Microsoft to offer a free, ad-powered version of Windows. "We are all aware that Google is the king of online advertising. Microsoft has wanted to compete in that space forever, which is why giving away Windows 7 makes so much sense," Business Pundit argues, "Let's look at the numbers; Microsoft's operating systems are on 90% of the world's computers, or roughly one billion machines. That's penetration on a massive scale. Even Google has to be impressed." While these articles make some valid points, they rarely dive into the actual details.
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RE: How sustainable is this?
by lemur2 on Mon 24th Nov 2008 03:29 UTC in reply to "How sustainable is this?"
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It seems people want everything to be free or ad-supported... and then they naturally find a way out of seeing the ads ;) Just how sustainable of a business model is this? What products would we even advertise if everything is free

The following activities represent billions and billions of dollars of lost productivity to the world economy, due almost entirely to the current "free enterprise" (read: monopoly/cartel/racketeering) method of development of commodity software (and its attendant need to keep the inner workings of the software as a secret):

- Effort spent in overcoming format and protocol incompatibilities (which are deliberately created by commodity software providers)
- IP royalties, software patents and associated payments,
- Other IP lawsuits, including copyright and trademark cases,
- IP trolls, and the cost of defending against them,
- Stifling of innovation,
- IT upgrade treadmill
- The entire "PC security" postmarket on Windows
- Spyware and malware in general, and the effort spent combatting it,
- Spam,
- Botnets and accompanying criminal activities, including theft from credit cards and banking accounts
- Internet scams

... I'm sure there are many other costs. All of these costly activities are an utter, utter waste of time, effort and money (on non-productive persuits) which litterally cost the majority of the population billions per year in un-necessary and avoidable costs. It is an enormous drain on the economy.

How sustainable is that? That is the real question. How long is the general wider software market going to put up with this absloute nonsense and utter waste of their money?

All of this enormous drain on the economy could be dissipated almost entirely if software development was simply made a community-funded collaborative effort for the common good ... just as pure scientific research always has been (but even that is becoming corrupted of late with the encroachment of commercial vested interest).

Edited 2008-11-24 03:32 UTC

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