Re: [OT] Re: Troll Tech [was Re: Sco vs. IBM]

From: Larry McVoy (
Date: Mon Jun 23 2003 - 08:22:31 EST

On Mon, Jun 23, 2003 at 09:54:27AM +0100, David Woodhouse wrote:
> It's not just access to the source code of the software -- it runs
> deeper than that. To be honest, I consider hiding and restrictively
> licensing your code to be largely analogous to security by obscurity --
> it tends to work to a large extent but it's a poor substitute for
> _really_ fixing the problem, by being able to offer your customers a
> decent service and making them want to stay with you.
> The increasing prevalence of Free Software means that the industry is
> more and more about _services_ rather than products...

The one flaw in this argument and all of those which say basically "services
is the answer" is that it only works if you produce crappy software which
needs servicing.

Larry McVoy              lm at
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