Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 14th Sep 2012 22:30 UTC
Intel You'd think this sort of stuff belonged to the past - but no. Apparently, Microsoft is afraid of Android on its Windows 8 tablets, because Intel has just announced that it will provide no support for Linux on its clover Trail processors. Supposedly, this chip is "designed for Windows 8". What?
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RE[11]: Comment by stabbyjones
by moondevil on Sun 16th Sep 2012 14:16 UTC in reply to "RE[10]: Comment by stabbyjones"
moondevil
Member since:
2005-07-08

But this is the message I was trying to get across, without success.

If your business is to sell software, instead of services around it, which is not always possible, then the open source model does not work for a sustained business.

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boldingd Member since:
2009-02-19

But this is the message I was trying to get across, without success.

If your business is to sell software, instead of services around it, which is not always possible, then the open source model does not work for a sustained business.


You have a gift for misconstruing what people say.

lemur2 was talking about companies that work with software, where software was not the product. Like Amazon, where they use software to provide a service. Or google, where they use software to provide a service. Or every other web-based business, where software is part of the business process, but isn't the thing sold to the user. For these people, working with open-source software vendors can make a lot of sense; they get a high-quality web server to build a site off of, or a high-quality operating system and platform to make a product out of (for example with Android and Valve's upcoming set-top), or a high-quality database system, or etc. And they get it for free, with free improvements from the community over time.

For these people, contributing to the health of the project can also make sense, as long as it allows them to keep getting otherwise free high-quality software (especially if the cost of the contribution is much less than the expense of hiring a team of software engineers to create an equivalent bit of software).

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RE[12]: Comment by stabbyjones
by Lennie on Mon 17th Sep 2012 12:40 in reply to "RE[11]: Comment by stabbyjones"
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2007-09-22

People selling software is just a small part of the business.

Most customers need 1 of both:
1. a commodity solution
2. a custom solution

The commodity software is already available from large open source projects or large proprietary software companies. Or a commodity webbased solution, like Salesforce.com

The rest need a more custom solution, for example the enterprises someone mentioned in this thread or small businesses.

This is the kind of work that gets payed by project or by the hour.

Or software for some specialty industry, it is commodity software but only applies to that industry.

Sometimes such industry specific software gets such wide use that the companies that build it have become very large. I assume that is what happend to Autodesk in the case of AutoCAD.

If you are trying to compete with the large companies you are probably doing it wrong.

You wouldn't try start a business for building a new office or desktop operating systems to compete with companies like Microsoft, right ?

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