Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd May 2009 13:58 UTC, submitted by shaneco
GNU, GPL, Open Source Keith Curtis worked at Microsoft for 11 years, coding on Windows, Office, and at Microsoft's research department, before leaving the Redmond giant. Call it a revelation, call it giving in to the devil's temptations, but he's now a complete open source and Linux advocate, and in his new book, "After the Software Wars", he explains why open source will prevail against Microsoft's proprietary model.
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RE: It sounds strange to me
by soulrebel123 on Fri 22nd May 2009 16:02 UTC in reply to "It sounds strange to me"
soulrebel123
Member since:
2009-05-13

Pure economic theory says that a free market in the long period makes everyone sell for for their marginal cost.
In software that is nearly 0.

Also I think sometime that capitalism just was not made for intellectual work.

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RE[2]: It sounds strange to me
by JAlexoid on Fri 22nd May 2009 21:56 in reply to "RE: It sounds strange to me"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

In software that is nearly 0.

Also I think sometime that capitalism just was not made for intellectual work.

Yes it was. Just it does not have anything to cover the cases where replications costs are 0 or damn close to 0. Remember, that at the time when capitalistic theory was forged, IP were basically books and art, and you need quite an amount of $$$ to duplicate them. It would still cost you less to buy a book in the store, then to make a photocopy, granted the book has an average cost of about 10-20 USD and more than 200 pages. And I am not even talking about paintings and sculptures.

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RE[2]: It sounds strange to me
by ecruz on Sat 23rd May 2009 01:36 in reply to "RE: It sounds strange to me"
ecruz Member since:
2007-06-16

So intellectual work, according to you, has no material value?
just think for a moment, without the incentive of financial gain we would not have most of the discoveries we have today. Do you read books? That's intellectual work, should writers get pay? Or you would be happy reading crappy, lousy free books written by me?

please, tell me what new software has FOSS ever developed (See, I did not say open source). All are copies of proprietary software. Including games!
Did you ever hear of stagnation?

If all software was free, all we would have is cheap, lousy stuff. The smart programmers would drift to other type of endeavor where they will be able to provide for their families. Or you expect the government to pay them so you can have free, good software.
Open Office is the best example of open sourced software (it is not FOSS).
But then remember who pays the programmers and contribute 99.9% for open office development, it's not the so called community, it's Sun (now Oracle).

All of you just quit whinning about proprietary, open sourced, etc. Just pay for what you want. What next? Free beer for you people!

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RE[3]: It sounds strange to me
by asgard on Sat 23rd May 2009 06:24 in reply to "RE[2]: It sounds strange to me"
asgard Member since:
2008-06-07

He didn't say that IP doesn't have any value, he said that in capitalism it doesn't have any. And it's true - that's why the pure capitalism is patched with IP rights.

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