Art Alexion on 28 Feb 2005 16:45:52 -0000

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Re: [PLUG] OSX "middleware"?

Tobias DiPasquale wrote:

On Feb 27, 2005, at 10:48 AM, Art Alexion wrote:

>> Is there any reason to believe that the oss model avoids some of the marketing dominance over engineering?

No. Just look at Firefox: non-technical people weren't flocking to it in droves until they ran that full-pager (or was it a two-pager) in the NYT Sunday Edition a while back. No matter how good something is, people have to become aware of it before it will be used.

Right, but that is the commercial model -- where future development and maintenance depends on market share. But part of the OSS model is that development may not depend on market share. A handful of committed users may be all that is needed for a small project to continue.


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