Sriram Krishnan wrote on Thu, Apr 01, 2004 at 10:30:33PM +0530:
| I'm not sure whether I would want my business to depend on how much
| free time a college student might have. Especially one who is not
| answerable to me..what's to stop him from ditching me one fine day?
| Here, I can sue MS or some other vendor. With the GPL, I can't even
| hold anybody legally responsible.
well, for out of the box support, yes many open source companies are
trying to give good support. Redhat is one such company that comes to
my mind. Agree, the support quality is far worse than what larger
companies like Microsoft can offer. Support would improve (at a much
more faster pace than you think!) as the wave catches up.
| I don't see anything other than trivial difference. Both of them know
| their areas of expertise really well. Both know how to trouble-shoot
| problems. Both are really passionate about the stuff they do. And
| people here DO know how most stuff works on the inside...just because
| you don't have access to source code doesn't mean that you don't know
| how a system works. So tell me...where's the difference?
The difference is adding a nice new feature / fixing a bug without
having to wait for the next 'hotfix' all by asking people. (ok, now,
I'm not expecting a patching-the-binary argument. I'm sure I wouldn't
be able to find a patch-the-IIS-binary guy in chennai as easily (read:
economically) as I would find an above-average-IQed C programmer to
fix a simple my bug)
| There are more than 10 trillion living cells in the human body.