Linked by David Adams on Mon 2nd Aug 2010 03:53 UTC, submitted by fsmag
GNU, GPL, Open Source We are heading towards a world where we no longer own the hardware we buy -- and there is no point in having free software if you can't own your hardware.
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RE[3]: Is it good or bad?
by lemur2 on Mon 2nd Aug 2010 13:12 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Is it good or bad?"
lemur2
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In a Utopian environment, I think this would be an excellent idea. But in reality, I think it would create even more bloated, expensive, garbage software that just got in the way of production and innovation.


This exact system of collaboration in software development in a consumer's cooperative organisation, involving companies whose main product is not software, has already produced a significant number of very fine, very low cost, general purpose software products that participating organisations can use to significantly reduce their costs.

Some examples of companies & organisations saving millions for you:
http://www.blackducksoftware.com/development-cost-of-open-source

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/google/google-axes-windows-saves-millions...

http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:Tv_dvUonEzYJ:www.opensour...

http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:YzentgjnO7kJ:pascal.case....

http://www.ursolutions.ph/node/128

http://www.linux-magazine.com/Online/News/IBM-Throws-Out-Microsoft-...

http://gearcrave.com/2009-03-12/french-police-adopt-ubuntu/

http://www.cio.com/article/463664/Open_Source_in_Every_Business_wit...

http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Linux-and-Open-Source/Linux-Arrives-on-500...

http://www.silicon.fr/fr/news/2009/01/23/55_000_collegiens_equipes_...

http://www.bytebot.net/blog/archives/2010/07/05/open-source-saves-m...

http://blueoxen.com/paper/foss-adoption-in-brazil/

I could go on, but I think that is enough to make the point.

Some companies/organisations don't have to employ more than a handful of software people of their own in order to enjoy almost for free a software product that cost billions to develop:
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/insurer-slashes-1m-fr...

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