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Re: Commercial code is better: Cedega VS Wine


From: billwg
Subject: Re: Commercial code is better: Cedega VS Wine
Date: Wed, 08 Mar 2006 03:36:59 GMT

"ray" <address@hidden> wrote in message 
news:address@hidden
>
> Right. All commercial software is better than all free software. And 
> the
> immediate corollary is that the more expensive the software, the 
> better it
> is.
>
Commercial software has to work better or else customers will not pay 
for it.  If something is free and has a use, people will use it without 
complaining much and those impoverished folk who cannot afford better 
will continually claim that the free stuff is even better than the pay 
for stuff, but it rings hollow.  OSSers are quick to say that people 
using Windows and commercial apps are stupid and/or being forced to use 
Windows and the commercial apps by some nefarious but unexplainable 
mechanism operated in secret by Bill Gates to control minds.  I think 
that people will use a better product once they are exposed to it and 
see it as better.  They will gladly pay some percentage of what they 
think they gain from the degree that the new product is better than the 
old or better than the free one.

Consider the first class airline seat that is priced at several times 
the coach seat and at best offers better food and free drink worth only 
a few dollars.  All of the performance parameters of the first class 
seat are the same in major respects, i.e. safety, distance, speed, time 
saved, etc., but people will fight over the chance to get the first 
class seat at a bargain, say $75 each way.  The same is true of the 
commercial software.  It doesn't have to be much better to be preferred, 
but it does have to be a little better and, at the end of the day, 
successful commercial software is easily seen to be better. 




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