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Story: Accurate market share statistics and The $60 Billion dollar questionTotal Replies: 9
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purplewizard

Apr 26, 2008
9:54 AM EST
It might be interesting if anyone did a study to see if the supposed $60 billion was on the simple software. Which means companies can't make money doing the simple software (unless it is truly excellent!). If they can't flog simple stuff for lots they have to come up with "value added" software or just genuinely innovative products.

So if it were a real $60 billion it either avoided going to places it wasn't needed (hence a saving), went to companies doing the brilliant new things or horrors it conceivably didn't get spent and instead software was used that was not up to the job and that money wasn't saved because the poor alternatives results in a loss.

But regardless the $60 billion not paid doesn't seem itself to be harmful?
tuxchick

Apr 26, 2008
2:42 PM EST
I don't have $1000 to dump for the study itself, but I did take the time to read a number of articles and press releases from the Standish Group. There isn't much in the way of real information, just rehashes of the sensationalistic headlines about "$60 billion flushed down the open source toilet!!" You'd think at least one Real News Organization would pony up for the report.

And one did, but shares precious little from it. This article http://www.cnet.com/8301-13846_1-9921292-62.html excerpts a snippet from the report, and the snippet sounds rather sensible, and seems to support what purplewizard said. So it could be a good report. We can't tell from the available information, which is more hyping the Standish Group than the report anyway. Everyone is all agog over the $60 billion figure and uninterested in digging deeper.

I haven't seen anyone say how businesses benefit from lower costs, too. Really, it's such an obvious no-brainer, and a fundamental premise of capitalism- competition leads to better and cheaper. Microsoft and their ilk have done a fine brainwashing job in pushing the opposite- competition is bad, and if you want cheaper you'll get a chair thrown at you.
Steven_Rosenber

Apr 26, 2008
7:55 PM EST
Can you imagine the state of things if there was no OS X, no Linux, no Firefox, no OpenOffice, no Thunderbird or Evolution, GNOME or KDE? Microsoft would be a little lamb, right?
techiem2

Apr 27, 2008
7:07 AM EST
Sure they would! And MS Office would directly read your thoughts and create your documents for you....
gus3

Apr 27, 2008
7:17 PM EST
Quoting:And MS Office would directly read your thoughts and create your documents for you....
They already tried that with Clippy.
tuxchick

Apr 27, 2008
7:25 PM EST
techiem, it's a good thing it doesn't, because the content would be 100% cuss words from having to use MS Office.
rijelkentaurus

Apr 27, 2008
7:34 PM EST
No, TC, it would read your mind and censor anything negative about Office...you'd never get to type anything but wonderful things about Redmond. You'd be out of a job!! :)
techiem2

Apr 27, 2008
8:30 PM EST
LOL. And it would automatically add a "Produced with perfect MS Office" line to the bottom of every document...that's non-removable.
NoDough

Apr 28, 2008
7:02 AM EST
Quoting:it would read your mind and censor anything negative about Office...you'd never get to type anything but wonderful things about Redmond.


Typed: This >@#^ Office product is a piece of $#!#!

Result: This exclaimed Office product is the nutrient which makes things grow.
Scott_Ruecker

Apr 28, 2008
9:14 AM EST
LOL!!!

@NoDough: I love it!!

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