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Old 02-08-2006, 10:46 PM   #1
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LXer: Open Source & The Fallacy Of Composition


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Recently I posted about the Fallacy Of Composition (which says that an advantage shared by everyone is not an advantage) and how it applies digital music: If everyone can make and distribute music cheaply, the price they can charge goes down and they all make less money. It should apply to open source as well. Is there an escape route? [Ed: Just 10 years ago, I predicted that there would be fewer big enterprises and more "mom & pop" shops. In some ways, that seems to be playing out today, especially in the libre software community. Mind you, I see a return to the Middle Ages, not a whole new way of doing business. - dcparris]

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