|FROM ||Joshua Zeidner
|SUBJECT ||Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Eric Raymond's tips for effective open source
|On Tue, Jul 28, 2009 at 2:05 PM, Ron Guerin wrote:
> Joshua Zeidner wrote:
>> On Mon, Jul 27, 2009 at 10:10 PM, Ron Guerin wrote:
>>> Joshua Zeidner wrote:
>>>> anyone hear this latest anti-OSS management mantra?
>>>> "Open Source: free as in kittens."
>>> No, but that's rather disingenuous. Nobody has unwanted Open Source
>>> show up on their doorstep needing to be fixed, fed, and given a full
>>> round of shots, which is clearly the metaphor they're reaching for there.
>> Hi Ron,
>> Yes its typically used to address the fact that Open Source can
>> sometimes be more expensive to maintain than its proprietary
>> counterpart. -jmz
> I just find it "dishonest". Yes, it can be. And tomorrow it can rain.
> Open Source is not in and of itself a seal of quality. In fact much of
> it is just as horrible as proprietary software tends to be. I can't
> think of the correct term for it, but having this kind of discussion
> with someone advancing this notion seems to be an automatic lose because
> you're then implicitly accepting the false premise upon which it is based.
> - Ron
I do agree that in the long term OSS = cost savings + better ability
to compete. Just thought I would expose this meme so that it can be
diffused as quickly as possible.