ComputerBits: Damaging the proprietary software market with GPLJul 15, 2001, 18:31 (27 Talkback[s])
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Anyone curious for a take on the history of antagonism between proprietary and open source software (predating by a long shot the invention of the phrase "open source") may be interested in this piece, which characterizes the differences between the two as growing out of the cutting-edge adaptability of the small-time independent developer and the more marketing-oriented money-making prowess of the proprietary houses:
"Twenty years ago, the personal computer (PC) and mainframe software market operated like most other larger markets -- software companies had an R&D department, spent part of their budget on generating new software products, and devoted the rest to sales, marketing and operations. This was a pretty standard model, and it served the software market well for the first 5-6 years.
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