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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • First off, you can be begware and Open Source. My guess is that begware has similar profitability characteristics to shareware as long as the shareware isn't actually crippleware and stops working after some period of time.

    Second, from what I can tell, the small software developers, for the most part, aren't competing in the same spaces as Open Source.

    Let's take the example of this Sesame Street story. Any small software/shareware guys doing databases like PostgreSQL? Anybody doing Web Programming environments like PHP? Did they ever?

    Small software developers typically do vertical apps for niche markets. Where they don't, like, say, WinZIP, they've always won with useability, as you suggest.

    Sure, OSS changes the software landscape, no doubt about it. More opportunity for consulting and integration, an area where the little guys always made a lot of their money anyway.