Matthew Rosewarne on 17 Mar 2008 19:03:15 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Windows themes (ON-TOPIC, i promise)

On Monday 17 March 2008, Art Alexion wrote:
> Some stuff — TurboTax, for instance — may become Linux, but it will never
> be Open Source, nor will there be an open source alternative.  The tax
> rules change drastically once a year, and sometimes there are changes
> throughout the year.  You need accountants in the development team to
> produce a realistic product.  It costs a lot of money to produce and keep
> up to date. There are other programs geared toward certain industries that
> are like this.

I'd be careful throwing around the word "never" around these parts.  Often 
when confronted with a production model that they are "never" going to be 
able to use effectively, the creators of Free Software (and in some 
cases, "Free Culture") instead create a new production model that achieves 
similar or better results.

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