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

From: Larry McVoy (
Date: Mon Jun 23 2003 - 10:06:16 EST

On Mon, Jun 23, 2003 at 10:30:16AM -0400, Scott Robert Ladd wrote:
> Larry McVoy wrote:
> >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.
> Your definition of "services" is far too narrow. Requirements change
> with time; ideal software today may be inadequate tomorrow. I make most
> of my money from customizing software to a specific customer's needs. I
> combine and refine existing components to produce unique software.
> A case in point: My Java Indexed Serialization Package (JISP) provides a
> very basic tool; about half my business comes from people who like the
> Jisp concept, and need a custom version that is tightly coupled to their
> requirements. I don't sell Jisp; I sell *what I can do* with Jisp.

I think I'm going to give up soon (much to relief of the list) because I
keep getting the same sorts of answers which make sense from a small
custom shop point of view but are simply broken from a company point of

Your model is fine, there is nothing wrong with it but there isn't a lot
right with it either. You can't really grow your business under that
model. Why? Because you are essentially a consulting shop and that
isn't going to generate the revenue you need to hire more people, build
more things, get more consulting. You can keep yourself going but not
make enough to get more people going.

Instead of coming back at me with the premise of "well, I'm eating so my
model is OK" how about coming back with a plan that says "Here's how we
make an open source based business put Microsoft out of business". That's
reality. You are just playing around on the edges, there is nothing
wrong with that, but until you have a viable plan that competes with the
big boys let's stop kidding ourselves, ok?

Larry McVoy              lm at
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