SPUG:Microsoft: Open source threatens our business model
jay at scherrer.com
Wed Feb 19 19:23:42 CST 2003
Perl's expression "There is more than one way to do it" fits really nice here.
If people feel comfortable paying for a software security blanket, let them.
The open source frame of mind is as old as school itself, which is open
sourced. But when you graduate, don't you expect to earn a good living?
Showing or helping others what you have gleaned? Since this is a Perl list,
Aren't you glad Perl has been ported to so many operating systems? Write once
and deploy anywhere on any thing... Truly without cross-compiling!
On Wednesday 19 February 2003 01:01 am, Marion Scott Warner wrote:
> I have been using Linux exclusively for the past 5 years.
> Windoz NT is on that other disc somewhere, but I've sort
> of forgotten about it. Does Microsoft make a stable & secure
> Operating System yet? Like I really care at this point.
> I sort of view MS like the little boy who cried wolf too many times,
> and their customers look rather much like the crowd in the story
> the Emperors New Clothes.
> I seem to recall at my last employer when yet another
> Windoz virus showed up everyone seemed to stop working.
> I never seemed to have that problem. I never seemed to
> experience that other phenomena known as the
> BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH either.
> IMO, you're really your own worst enemy when you emphasize
> marketing over product quality. Linux really shines in that
> release dates are not set by a marketing department.
> Chuck Langenberg wrote:
> > > Now, as far as the argument "Microsoft makes money now, so any
> > > other business model is wrong" -- this is obviously absurd.
> > It's not what I want -- it's what I don't want -- and I don't want
> > to be insulted. It really annoys me when MS tells half a story and
> > infers that I'm only interested in saving money. They conveniently
> > omit the other part of the story...
> > I was very happy to pay them for every release of their software.
> > But then they demanded that I register Windows XP & Office XP. To
> > police me, they disable these programs after 50 times unless I
> > consent to their bully tactics & register via phone or Internet.
> > But I did not give in. I loaded Linux and www.OpenOffice.Org on that
> > PC. And I use www.OpenOffice.Org every day on my Windows PC (which
> > reads and writes Office 95/97/2000 files). MS won't be getting
> > anymore money out of me, as I proceed to phase them out.
> > Honest, I wasn't out looking for free software. But I feel like MS
> > drove me away with a stick. They gave me an ultimatum -- and I gave
> > them the finger.
> > My solution is to NOT pay for any software, from anybody, anymore.
> > Not because I'm trying to save money. But because free software is
> > the only kind that doesn't screw with me.
> > Chuck Langenberg
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