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osOpinion: Is there a payday in open source?

May 29, 2000, 12:54 (5 Talkback[s])

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"All this bogus training and certification nonsense. I even remember the first time I encountered it. This whole tired idea seems to have been the brainchild of Novell. Once upon a time, in a prior life I was the baby-sitter of a pair of SFT286 servers and about 40 stations. This was what we used to call a collateral duty. Well anyway, this flier shows up and for a mere $999 I could become a Certified Network Engineer. We sure got a laugh out of this. Now that we have already successfully deployed their (very expensive) product and, they were going to give us their blessing to deploy it."

"Open Source does not equate to non-proprietary. Most of the business people that I know are more that willing to pay a fair price for assistance for improving their methods. I could keep a hundred people busy for a thousand years doing this. Under the present system, it seems as though the companies hawking their wares feel like they have invented something that is more precious than diamonds. It isn't. It's a product. Only desperate people pay desperate prices for things. What is the future in that?"

"Face it the real commodity in this game is gray matter. If someone has it, they can write their own ticket with or without your blessing. So it seems to me that if someone with the raw material to master your product comes along, you should wine and dine them. To take the position that I am master and you should grovel to be my minion is absurd. Yet that is what is going on. If I pay you enough money you will acknowledge me. Well, the only way that I need someone else's validation is if I am a loser. Winners receive awards for achievement. Losers buy acceptance."

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