[TUHS] System Economics (was is Linux "officially branded UNIX")

Chet Ramey chet.ramey at case.edu
Fri Mar 17 01:42:39 AEST 2017


On 3/15/17 4:27 PM, Larry McVoy wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 03:45:24PM -0400, Clem Cole wrote:
>> SVR4 (aka UnixWare) was available for source  - the problem is many people
>> did like the price to see it.   It was $100K.  But the source was available
>> it was open and many, many of people with PC and had access to it, wrote
>> drivers for it etc.  
> 
> That's a pretty peculiar definition of open.  Which is fine, I guess,
> but you need to realize that that's open much like a high end country
> club is open.  It's open to the rich people, to the connected people,
> everyone else is left out in the cold.

This is the same access vs. affordability argument we're seeing played out
in other segments of US society.

I have access to a Porsche, as do thousands of others (some of whom choose
not to buy one), but I can't afford one.

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