J. T. D'souza
Sat Nov 29 03:37:06 IST 2003
On Thursday 27 November 2003 17:05, Clinton Goveas wrote:
> And coming back to the topic ;) of the FSF and how to get it
> popularised (or more acceptable) so no one gets the impression that
> it is "dead". :)
I suppose the website will have to be maintained and updated
GNU/Linux has it's own momentum and force. Apart from a few in the
computing industry who cant see beyond their wallets, everyone who is
introduced to GNU/Linux eventually gets the message and slowly starts
to use it almost continuosly. This is my personal experience with
people who have absolutely no idea what a beast the computer is.
All the negative arguments against libre software are put forward by
people who cant figure out how to hoard wealth while we are dishing
out stuff for free by the Gigabyte (and making good money too).
The task of convincing governments and organisations is complicated by
the fact that there is no one USP for libre software. It is like the
sea - everything is good if you know to swim and fish - or bad if you
dont. And off course once you teach em to swim and fish they are
likely to eat and splash about happily with or without you. Unless
you supply good boats and nets and info about new tasty fish. So
perish the thought of growing insanely wealthy doing nothing more
than standing on the shore peddling dried wormy and virus ridden
GNU/Linux has fragmented the market in every possible way.
Consequently if you decide on a target market and build a product
specific to this market libre software beats the shit out of closed
software without even getting sweaty. But if you decide on something
wishy washy like Linux for the dektop you are going to face a problem
- deciding whose desktop. The engineers desktop is completely
different from the school teachers or lawyers or sound engineers. It
is a great opportunity for small focused companies targeting specific
markets. Take the case of a sound engineers desktop. The cost of
closed software runs to more than 1.5 lacs. Does GNU/Linux make sense
So what does GNU/Linux lack? only our ability to see opportunity.
Will one become wealthy selling GNU/Linux yes. But then "wealthy" is a
very relative term. It will certainly prevent buccaneers like BG from
accumulating insane mounts of money peddeling trash.
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