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Saturday, November 05, 2005
Bob Cringley writes that retiring baby boomers are going to invigorate open source. He points out every industry has its moments of transition, its highs and lows, and they can be frequently linked to aging products and aging producers of those products. Non-commodity products have lifecycles. So while higher profit margins can come from products based on older technology, that trend continues only for a certain time before it falls off a marketing cliff and suddenly nobody is buying the stuff. That's why companies spend the money to bring out new product lines because failing to do so kills companies. While assessing the effects of demographics and business environment change, he adds that we're likely to have an influx of talent into Open Source projects, supplanting the mid-20s geeks that have been pushing that business. Gary Beach wrote that Microsoft might be able to make even more money with an openVista version. He adds that microsoft shareholders might embrace the idea because the future research and development and headcount costs of openVista would arguably be lower, allowing the company to invest in other areas like higher-margin servers, mobile devices and home entertainment.
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