Toward a $0 Cost Future?
Mar 11, 2008, 20:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Mark Walker)
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
"By now, you've no doubt heard of Chris Anderson, Wired's
Editor, and his recent article, Free! Why $0.00 Is the Future of
Business. If you haven't, you should read it--it's an interesting
compendium of how technology is changing the value of things.
However, as was the case with 'The Long Tail,' it's a bit light on
analysis and a bit heavy on broad proclamations that don't stand up
to further critique. However, all told, reading the article in a
commercial open source context can be rather revealing.
"I'll summarize some of the article's tasty bits: what Chris
calls 'cross-product subsidies' are becoming more and more
prevalent as technology allows companies greater flexibility than
ever to create free complements to what they actually sell..."