Is service the answer to the open source war?

Javier
2005-06-27
2013-04-09
  • Javier
    Javier
    2005-06-27

    Both open source and closed source publishers regularly charge by subscription, usually for services necessary to a program's operation. Security is nearly always sold this way. Patching and updating are also behind the services trend.

    I've been in touch with the folks at FireTrust, in New Zealand, about their FirstAlert! anti-spam database. (More on that later.)  You buy their proprietary MailWasher Pro package once, or download their open source MailWasher Server, but it's the $9.95/year ($2 for the server) FirstAlert! service that makes both go. And it may be that over time, it's that regular update, sold by subscription, that will make the company go, regardless of whether people are using its closed source or open source solutions. 

    The idea of selling service unites the closed source and open source worlds. Increasingly software needs the regular updates that makes selling it as a service look attractive.

     
    • Javier
      Javier
      2005-06-27

      • Edwin Burgos
        Edwin Burgos
        2005-06-27

        Yay! links are good!

         
      • lenny
        lenny
        2005-06-28

        This is TOTALLY true.  " Its about what works best at what price to solve a particular problem"

         
    • Bullet Boy
      Bullet Boy
      2005-06-27

      I think it is!