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   RE: [xml-dev] Open Source or Else

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I agree in the main, although when keeping up with CPUJones, so
to speak, the cost of the new PC stays relatively constant.
In the West, we are used to the idea that we can replace a
PC every two years.   I have to wonder if all the same scales
still apply elsewhere.   PCs have a way of obsoleting code,
so the formula for success can't rely completely on free or
open source code, although that is a real help.  One needs
to identify all of the recurrent costs.   I think the scale for
"relatively cheap" may vary a lot across different economies.
-----Original Message-----
From: AndrewWatt2000@aol.com [mailto:AndrewWatt2000@aol.com]

I think it will affect both. As economic screws turn then "everyone" has to look harder at whether or not software provides good value.

The point I was making was that in many countries the only legal way on to the software merry-go-round is to use open source software.

Also as the economic screw turns in the USA, UK etc companies will need to look at whether they can afford to stay on the pay-as-you-go software merry-go-round. Companies will need to look for savings to survive or stay healthy. Or be able to stay with commercial software by it providing them with added *business* value.


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