Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on August 30, 2006 07:23 AM
People often confuse economic power with gun power. Microsoft or any other software company does not have any gun power. So they literally can't force anyone to do anything. Only a government or a government run monopoly has the gun power necessary to force people to do things that they don't want to do.
It is people who clamor for the government to "Force" proprietary companies with anti-trust actions, price gouging acts and FTC investigations who are really resorting to force using the governments gun power.
As for benefits of having the source code, that is another bullshit. Have you heard of the ERP source code customization project disasters? No company that has been burned by source code customization disasters will want to go open source or even open proprietary source.
GNU/GPL etc may be good for all the industries because they get something for free. But it is bad for the programming community because they "force" the programmer to beg for donations or seek their living some way other than by programming (like giving support and making a below subsistence living). Do you then wonder why programming and IT is becoming unfashionable among college students in America and Canada and there is a real software programmer crunch coming up?
Hate destroys the hater much more than the hated. Isn't hate for microsoft destroying the programmers who happen to hate it? I have rarely heard a non-programmer spewing hate for microsoft even though they are the ones who shell out real money to software companies.
GNU/GPL is also anti-competitive in other ways. Since there is very less prospect of making money by open-source programming, fewer and fewer people will enter the market and those that they do will opt to join existing projects instead of starting newer projects which will result in fewer choices being available to the customers as the GNU/GPL may also have destroyed proprietary competitors in the process.
I won't be passing by this page again and thought I would add my 2 cents.