[ILUG] Re: The I.S.A in the Irish Times
Niall O Broin
niall at linux.ie
Fri Mar 25 16:00:02 GMT 2005
On 25 Mar 2005, at 15:37, Rory McCann wrote:
> The problem is that some people might see
> Firefox/OpenOffice/Thunderbird as no real different from
> IE/Word/Outlook, so it looks like open source people are 'just
> copying' Microsoft. Which hurts any claim of innovation.
The real problem there is that the man on the Clapham omnibus knows
what he knows about computers from his exposure to Microsoft software.
Accordingly, anything he sees on a computer is likely to to be regarded
as 'just copying' Microsoft. Look how that Apple crowd copied the
Windows user interface.
> We need to find something developed "without the financial incentive
> of success".
Linux? The Gimp? OpenOffice?
Most open source software has been developed "without the financial
incentive of success".
> Or try to prove that people pay for open source software development.
You could start by asking Sun how much OpenOffice has cost them to date.
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