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Re: lynx-dev Licensing Lynx (fwd)

From: Kim DeVaughn
Subject: Re: lynx-dev Licensing Lynx (fwd)
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 02:49:39 -0600

On Tue, Sep 28, 1999, David Woolley (address@hidden) said:
| If people do decide to sell out on this one (and I suspect not enough
| will) remember that the value of the code to him is probably comparable to
| the labour costs in recreating it together with overheads (payroll tax,
| office space, development hardware).  Although he could develop it himself
| for a similar cost, he would not get to market as quickly and the risks
| would be higher than starting from largely written and tested code.  What
| you would be selling is not the code but a reduction in risk and a quicker
| time to market; and of coarse the ability to profit from his proprietory
| additions.  (You would be no more selling the code than Red Hat sell
| Linux or Microsoft sell Windows 98.)

I find the timing of his proposed endeavor, and the target customer
base somewhat, uhmmm, "curious".

Perhaps it is just coincidental that the US Federal Government mandated
better disabled access to the websites of those companies that wish to
do business with it only a few months ago.

Seems like just an opportunistic "code grab" in an attempt to get some
sort "enhanced", "blind-friendly" product to market with an FCS (First
Customer Ship) date right around the time the Fed's new rules are to go
into effect.

Developing such an app from scratch to meet such a ship-date, is obviously
not a feasible undertaking ... hence the attempt to co-opt the lynx source.

But perhaps I'm just being overly cynical ... but I doubt it ...


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