Software can be copied (not manufactured) for zero cost. Hence, if you
were to sell it like proprietory software, you can make money at the
extreme. But... wait ..., you were making money without input (except for
the initial effor). Yes. You wrote the software once. You incurred a
cost for that. You fixed a price for that software. Now you are starting
to sell it `n` times. Here `n` tends to infinity, and you get prize X n
== infinite amount of money for the software you wrote once.
When talking about SERVICE, you can definitely make money. And that
software may not be a general purpose one. You write software for a
particular customer, who needs the software to suit his own specific
needs. You are servicing him, and you are getting money.
But coming to PRODUCT development, you may make money, but still that can
be made only by providing support. Look at MySQL, Evolution for example.
Hope that helps.
Note: In Microsoft world, things go differently (opposite). They develop
products and sell them repeatedly but with poor support (no flames please,
first do googling)
--- rajendran <rajendran@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote: > Point well taken. But
I only fear that we play around with words so
these days that "will be difficult to digest" is actually a
of saying "is impossible to digest". :-(
Essentially whole business model should from 'selling product' to
'providing service'. Actually software should not be considered like
any other physical product.
We better think the way professionals like Architect,Auditors,civil
engineers do. All the services(or product) are there for all to see and
copy, improve. Still, these professions thrive well.
If we take Proprietory Software companies as role model and try to fit
that model in Opensource, it may not work.
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