Technetra: Abandoning "Skim & Abandon"
Jul 26, 2005, 02:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert Adkins)
[ Thanks to Robert Adkins for this
"The truth is, in developing economies, there is little support
for any kind of software, whether it's open source or proprietary.
Even where labor is cheap, the tracks are blocked for the
development of a strong software industry. Let's see why.
"The cost of most commercial software in developing countries is
typically undiscounted. Inequities in price parity make commercial
software unaffordable for most applications. High cost simply
stunts the growth of an ICT infrastructure. You can see this
everywhere--in the banks whose branches still run on paper chits,
in the judicial system that holds records on scraps of paper piled
on the floors of courtrooms, in shops where cash transactions are
done without receipts. The examples are endless..."