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The Convenience of Proprietary Software (From a Purchasing Angle)

May 17, 2008, 08:00 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Asay)

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"One of the things that we open sourcerors need to figure out--or which the market needs to figure out--is the convenience of purchasing proprietary software. By this I don't mean any particular vendor's policies: I'm talking about the basic act of buying something that masquerades as property.

"For better or (in my view) for worse, the industry knows how to buy proprietary software. Increasingly, thanks to the pull of Red Hat and Salesforce.com, it's getting used to subscription-based pricing, too..."

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