[svlug] Free Software and business models

Bhavesh Patel bhaveshmital at yahoo.com
Sun Jan 12 09:13:48 PST 2003


Check out this paper
http://www.dwheeler.com/oss_fs_why.html


--- Ivan Sergio Borgonovo <mail at webthatworks.it>
wrote:
> Currently my Free Software local association is
> looking for economical 
> reasons why developers and middle size companies
> developing software 
> should choose Free Software.
> 
> We aren't looking to TCO, nor we would like to focus
> on the point of 
> view of the client.
> 
> I'm a programmer and I started to make money with
> Free Software just 
> recently.
> 
> I know why I prefer Free Software. I'm able to
> provide working 
> solutions for problems I would never be able to work
> on alone.
> I can just take a big project, working tool, chain
> of tools, put some 
> glue, add some code and be able to sell a working
> solution.
> 
> Personalizations are 100 times less frustrating than
> on proprietary 
> software.
> 
> The development environment on Linux is 100 times
> better than what I 
> was used to have on Windows and programming on Linux
> is much more fun.
> 
> Furthermore I don't lose the copyright of the
> software I developed.
> 
> I've found a lot of docs to motivate clients to
> choose Free Software, 
> but I didn't find many documents to motivate
> developers, system 
> administrators, software houses, service providers
> to choose Free 
> Software based on economical data.
> 
> Most Free Software propaganda concentrates on the
> point of view of the 
> users, not on the point of view of the developer or
> they just notice 
> you can make money offering services and they don't
> go deeper.
> 
> Sendo and Zucchetti (italian company who develop
> accounting soft) gave 
> us good clues about why it is better for companies
> to develop Free 
> Software.
> 
> I think that most of you knew what happened to
> Sendo.
> 
> I'll explain shortly what is happening to Zucchetti.
> Zucchetti was a good partner of Microsoft.
> 
> Now Microsoft showed interest in the accounting soft
> market and...
> they started to say they are going to "fight
> Microsoft".
> 
> http://www.zucchetti.it/novita/conferenza_stampa.htm
> (Just italian)
> 
> They noted that the government chose MS for
> e-taxation and e-learning 
> programs. They suggested to ask help to the EU and
> italian anti trust 
> cometee etc... But in their "war plan" they never
> say they will ever 
> develop Free Software.
> 
> Zucchetti sells for 155M EUR a year.
> In Italy it would be considered a big middle size
> company.
> 
> 
> We would like to collect a list of good economical
> reasons why 
> developers (from free lance to companies) should
> choose to develope 
> Free Software and support them with some case
> history.
> 
> 
> 
> -- 
> Salve
> Ivan Sergio Borgonovo
> http://www.webthatworks.it/
> uniq life || sleep 24h
> 
> 
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Thanks
Bhavesh
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