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ZDNet: Software -- a service, not a product

Jun 16, 2000, 23:05 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles Flink)

"I wish the user community would flush this software product mentality out of their system. Software on the shelf "rots" and loses value with each new device, change in usage patterns and every security hack. It needs to be maintained and enhanced to have any value at all. It would be far more honest marketing if the industry simply called it a subscription fee, not a product price. (Note: the EULA clearly shows you're only buying the right to run it, not the software itself, it is not a "product" like a bar of soap or a car. It's a stream of updates you subscribe to -- unless you're buying it for historical purposes, which I think some users seem to do! :-)"

"Warning to Linux community: If people keep talking about these packaged distributions as "Linux", then the Linux market will become fragmented like the UNIX market did. We must distinguish the common Linux platforms from the packaging and integration making each distro unique."

"Suggestion: All Linux vendors should get together and package "pure Linux" as one CD that is included in all of their distros. The add-ons and customizations making up their proprietary package should come on a separate CD that augments the first. The name "Linux" should be reserved for the "common" part shared between all vendors."

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