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From: news:ted:husted at: 21-Sep-2000 17:38

On 9/21/2000 at 4:03 PM [RChristiansen--pop--isdfa--sei-it--com] wrote:
> I see an inherent mistrust of closed source products amongst many
developers because a closed source product can be taken away as quickly as it is given. It's kind of like not wanting to commit to a relationship with someone who hides things from you. This is how I perceive this behavior, at least. That's very true Ryan. Once a product sucessfully goes Open Source, many of us believe that it is now here to stay. Many products which have not gone Open Source (like Mini-SQL for example) die when the developer loses interest, even when the product has a loyal following. I also see the terms "standards-based" and "open source" becoming strongly linked. Many people in the industry have finally come to realize that the development of a product is only the tip of the iceberg. The real investment (Cost of Ownership) is with training, integration, customization, and maintenance. Many people are much more willing to make that investment when they know the source for the product cannot be taken away. /COMMAND is a good example. My business decision isn't about whether the library costs $300 up front, it's about whether I want to pay someone $300 a day to build something with it. -Ted.