osOpinion: The value of GPL code vs. the dark heart of M$Jun 12, 2000, 08:53 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Henrik Ræder Clausen)
[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]
"Sifting through the various reasons to produce and use Open Source software, many good points are raised, but only a couple are rarely mentioned."
"One is the straight 'Users X Value' equation. The total value of a piece of code is directly related to the number of users who benefit. And the number of users benefiting is directly related to the value of the Open Source code (quality, completeness, innovation, and openness). The number of programmers is in turn closely related to the number of (possibly commercial) users. Due to the GPL, all innovation in Linux is guaranteed to be available to everyone. Operating in this rapidly expanding pool of freely usable code is a programmer's dream."
"This eventually brought about an explosion pushing Linux towards being the managers and users dream environment as well. The critical mass for Linux was reached in 1999, the chain reaction is running fine, and the sky seems the limit."