On Thu, Sep 19, 2002 at 10:54:38AM +0200, Chen Shapira wrote:
> Shlomi, for your sum we could buy Larry's company and change
> the license. Was this the plan?
Heh, interesting idea. It even stands a chance, lm has often gone on
record that what he realy wants to do are linux clusters, it just that
there was no good SCM system and he took a detour to write one...
> Happily, Larry revealed his formula, which means I was on the right
> track. You estimate cost by multiplying development time, number of
> developers and salaries. I thought that was the case, but I wasn't
You forgot the fudge factors, and several other things (which might or
might not be included in salaries), such as office location costs,
business costs, marketing, etc, etc, etc.
> > You just enumerated *perfect* reasons to release it, but unlike our
> > zealous friend, I don't think *all* software should be free, and will
> > not argue the case further. Someone else certainly could, though, if
> > those are the reasons for keeping it closed.
> Did I? Can someone else enlighten me?
In short -
"We can't throw it out, This software is very in house. It fits
the exect mode of operation we use here, its not easy to install
and configure." - this doesn't mean you can't release it... it means
that you have nothing to LOSE from releasing it, and possibly lots of
things to gain, such as improved scrutiny of the code, feature
additions, documentation, easier installation, etc, etc, etc. It all
depends on who will pick it up, but even if no one does, you haven't
"Mercury can't release it without support for the fear it will hurt
our reputation" - That's a fallacy. You release it with no warranty
and no support. Why would it hurt your reputation? It will only
enhance it by showing that you are supportive of open source.
"and we can't afford to support it." - open source projects with a
thriving user community are self supporting. There is no need for
Mercury to support it even in its initial stages, although it would be
best if it does.
"Its not in our core business anyway." - which is a very good reason
to release it and rip the benefits. You have nothing to lose and many
things to gain.