[OSGeo-Discuss] RE: OS and proprietary
arnulf.christl at wheregroup.com
Sun Apr 27 15:34:39 PDT 2008
>> My original sentiment still stands -- if you have the money, but don't
>> have the skills, and don't need it "yesterday," it might be better in the
>> long-term to fund an extension of a good OSS project than to take the
>> easy way out and buy a COTS package.
It appears that Open Source is the next level in the evolution of business
models. It is not a revolution because there is nothing to go back to.
Slowly a sentiment is growing in the suits that business with software
must be different to business with hardware due to their inherent
difference. We are pushing this process forward with every line of code
that we produce, with every aspect of the foundation that we create and we
can nudge it a bit further by using terminology appropriate to this
process. So watch out for the words we use.
COTS translates into "commercial off the shelf" and I wonder why this term
should be restricted to proprietary packages. The times when one had to
manually compile a PostGIS, MapServer, GeoServer, gvSIG, Quantum GIS and
so on, before one could use them are over. You can - and that is an extra
advantage - but you don't have to.
So my suggestion is to put COTS on the shelf of terminology that is
compatible with Open Source.
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