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InfoWorld: A little bit of ingenuity can prevent free software from threatening capitalism

Sep 13, 1999, 00:12 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

"Capitalism is under fire as vendors leverage free software to get an advantage over the competition. Microsoft dealt a nearly fatal blow to Netscape by giving away Internet Explorer and bundling it with Windows. Hardware vendors are using Linux and FreeBSD to increase their razor-thin profit margins, but this undermines sales of all versions of Windows as a result. Sun is attempting to undercut sales of Microsoft Office with its free StarOffice and upcoming StarPortal."

"How can profit-hungry software vendors survive in this new market, let alone maintain inflated stock prices? I believe I have an answer. My plan is for software vendors to give away all their wares and make up for the loss by selling insurance. All they have to do is keep the software proprietary and leverage the benefits of the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act..."

"The best way to illustrate how this works is through a sample sales pitch. Imagine being paid a visit by a rather large fellow (about the size of a minivan) in a dark suit with a white tie..."

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