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Re:Is competition acceptable?

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on September 14, 2004 08:08 AM
"If it's free, you have no idea what people will go though to make it work."

But if it has a cost you have a better idea on what it takes to make it work? I don't see how the price can predict ease of installation or use. I have seen Free Software and free software that was very easy to use and worked very well. I have seen software that cost in the middle 6 digits to license that never worked right after 1.5 years of trying. Cost != prediction of successful use.

"Let's forget about price and let's compete on features and technical points ok?"

You lost the discussion about price so now we should just ignore it? Sorry, can't do that. You have to show why expensive software is worth the money spent. That is the proposition one chooses when one decides to charge for a software license. It cannot be just ignored.

"But when you remove the profit motive from any business, you know that everybody loses."

Everybody?
- The proprietary vendor lost a sale so he looses.
- The Free Software user gets functionality he wants for no cash out of pocket. How did he lose?
- The Free Software developer gets another satisfied user to validate his efforts. How did he lose?
- The economy just became more efficient because money that would have been spent on inflated software values can now be used elsewhere. How did it lose?

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