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IT-Director: Software pricing to plummet - is Linus Right?

Sep 27, 1999, 17:46 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Linus Torvalds went on record at the end of last week saying that, within 3 years, software prices will have plummeted. So - is he right? The answer, it would seem, lies in the value which that software represents."

"Value, so goes the adage, equates to benefits minus costs. Traditionally the main use of computing power has been seen as to reduce costs. More recently, the advent of the Web has enabled businesses to dramatically increase benefits. By itself, IT is pure cost, so it must be pitched against the resulting cost savings or the increased business that it enables..."

"We recognise the advantages of each new generation of products, we purchase and participate, we move up to the next rung of the technological ladder. Despite all the advances, though, how far have we come? Linux, for example, is based on operating system principles and a language which were industry standard in 1969. As for software, Object Oriented languages have been around for at least that long..."

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