reversal will occur (which likely will overshoot again). However, it's
hard to predict the future. Those trends are really. So more in terms of
10-20 years from now. Or maybe it doesn't happen after all? Time will tell.
Didn't read every word, but interesting enough. Thanks.
My messages not intended to be thoroughly :P. It's more some unpolished
thoughts coming to mind.
And/so maybe in
the end it is a matter of philosophy and intention?
That's pretty good summary (why didn't I think of it myself ;- ).
You may advocate open source system, promote it. However please don’t
make it a (flame) war/battle. Inf frame of allies and enemies. With good
and bad believes.
Take any religious clash from history in attempt to ‘convert’ people.
Never worked, will not work. And lots of causality's. And waste of
resources. And it even pretty trivial. Why is it necessary that
everybody in the whole world has the same believe.
However I hope there is some mutual understanding within the open
source/closed source community (including users) about the importance
and benefits of open standards. Open standard should obviously being
kind setup like open source.
I could even think of .dll plugins response for writing the open
standard (say ODT). To prevent different interpretations or
implementation mistakes. Obviously open source too.
Another option is that the homegrown export filter code belonging to
closed source apps regarding open standard being open source; simply to
check for implementation errors.
The latter will likely be more problematic as it probably gives insight
in the internal design (and says something about coding quality). So
model must be found. Maybe kind of system MS uses for getting peeks into
their source code. So a kind of permission basis; without high bars.
The biggest risk is closed source using open source without
contributing. Contributing can take different forms. In development
time/expertise or say license payment. Else your able to commercialize a
package of open source components and price it as if you developed
everything yourself. Not paying the fair share. Or kind of free ride
mentality and I would call it intellectual theft.
And everybody using open source projects for free is issue regarding
continuity and sustainability. And only being mentioned in the credits,
is a lovely symbolic gesture but ultimately everything we want money (or
other stuff which can be quantified in money)
But that’s creates the dilemma. The open source makes really hard to
enforce contributions of co-developers/ company’s making use of open
source without contributing their fair share. Code is open in the
public; with barely strings attached. It’s the power of open source, but
also the Achilles heel.
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