Posted by: llanitedave
on September 14, 2004 07:07 AM
Actually, from my reading of the article, it doesn't appear that Free Mind is either a copy nor in competition with any similar-concept commercial application. It is apparently a work in progress, and being open source, it's certainly susceptible to being copied, extended, and improved upon by a proprietary application that wants to compete with it. If someone really needs more functionality than Free Mind provides, they are free to extend it themselves, or to pay for someone else to, whether by hiring a programmer or buying an off-the-shelf commercial version that "integrates". I really don't see how this product legitimately threatens any quality, actively developed commercial software package, nor does it threaten to cost anyone a job. It merely sets a minimum standard for functionality.