Open Source: The Capitalists’ Choice

Open Source promotes a more efficient market because competition is not shut out so easily. As an Open Source oriented provider you need to be sure that you are always providing a service that the customer considers to be worth the money they’re paying. If you don’t then they can easily take their business elsewhere, safe in the knowledge that any other provider will have the same access to the source code, documentation and other internal information needed to deliver the features and bug fixes that you require without needing you to throw out your systems and start from scratch with something new.

Open Source is good capitalism. It encourages competition, it allows small players easy entry to the market and it rewards genuine delivery of value to customers.

The proprietary software model on the other hand, is built around the idea that the companies in control of the system have secrets information that those they claim to serve are not privy to. We are told these secrets are necessary and are in the interest of the greater good, but they are used to suppress rebellion and choice. Hang on… doesn’t that sound a bit like some sort of authoritarian communist state?>


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Posted: June 19th, 2010
at 5:35pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: business,open source

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