Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on April 28, 2003 07:57 PM
Well if we want software to be something everybody can enjoy, we have to make it affordable.
I personally think, that when the software we are using now will be a commodity, we can move on to the next level. Since almost everybody will have a computer, business will start to invest more. Banks will want better and better home banking applications, governments will want to make it easy for people to do all of their administration from home.
In other words, the money that is not spend any more on huge prices for licenses in basic software, can be invested in some innovating programs. At least I hope it will be like that.
But you have to admit, the free market place does a lousy job when it comes to making software even slightly compatible. In my mind, a free market place will never ever make software that works together over different vendors. Unless they need it for market penetration, and when that 's no longer needed, they just don't care any more. I, as a programmer, find that really annoying, I feel like a idiot being manipulated by somebody who studied marketing.
besides all of that, it 's what Linux said: "Software is like sex, it's better when it 's free"