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Labor and Capital

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2006 10:25 am    Post subject: Labor and Capital Reply with quote

When I think of the OS battle between Microsoft and Linux, I think what we are really discussing is the classic battle between Capital and Labor.

For example, most of the code that Microsoft sells started as an acquisition or purchase of some core API. They then massaged it and packaged it and for that service obtained a superlative profit. The original creators received a pitance compared. Also, much of the code they use remains the same from version to version, although they go to great lengths to market it as new.

Linux and Open Source change very fast and very radically. The code is open to all so those changes can be viewed. And there is no need to market it -- it is what it is.

I think the questions that are being raised right now are what right do the owners of Microsoft have to command such high profit margins when OSS, Open Source Software is freely available and often of higher quality.

Now, some of the apologists for Microsoft may say that OSS is anti-competitive or even communistic. Far from it. The battle here is who is going to be paid. Is it the OSS programmers, who will be paid by businesses to modify, tailor and adapt their code? Or will it be the Microsoft code owners, who will try to sell a one-size-fits all approach and minimize changes and promote "standards" (their own).
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