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Re: [ossig] Changes in the industry


you have made a very interesting observation.

taking that further, i think the future may consist of 'service suites'
- just like how google maintains my email (and digital assets), my
website (and marketing media), my calendar, my future income (my
googleads is still miserable), instant messaging (instead of sms) and
soon my spreadsheet. but all this depends on connectivity.

the other model that may work is the 'distro suite' model. the ubuntu
repositories greatly influence what software i have on my computer and
what games my daughter plays (though i have added other stuff like
shockwave flash, java, etc).

if these are the two models that will dominate the consumer software
market in the future, then the industry need to change. my conventional
accounting software sales model does not fit well into either of the two

i see a lot of small business who now have some preference to buy
software online, especially for anti-virus software. part of this
mentality change has been broadband and online banking. maybank2u is a
cultural phenomenon just like atm machines 15 years ago.

obviously, all of these need to sit on some software stack (that dinesh
had put forth) on the clients and servers.

so there is a huge number of opportunities for able and competent
'knowledge workers'.

Raja Iskandar Shah

----- Original Message -----
From: Ditesh Kumar <ditesh@gathani.org>
Date: Sunday, June 25, 2006 2:29 pm
Subject: Re: [ossig] Changes in the industry

> On Sat, 2006-06-24 at 14:12 +0800, Dinesh Nair wrote:
> > On 06/23/06 02:26 Ditesh Kumar said the following:
> > > a) Sun announces change of guard
> > > b) Microsoft announces change of guard
> > > c) Novell announces change of guard
> > > d) (less relevant) SGI announces change of guard
> > > 
> > > The industry seems to be going through a shakeup. All are having
> > > financial issues (issues meaning that they ain't keeping the
> > 
> > this is pretty normal and is part of the cycle of the industry, 
> for the 
> > last shakeup happened 25 years ago as the PC replaced the 
> monolithic 
> > mainframes and central processing units which hallmarked the 
> IBMs, Unisys 
> > and Amdahls of the industry then.
> so you're effectively saying that the next substantial computing
> revolution is starting/has just started? what are the changes you 
> see as
> being indicative of this?
> for my part, the notable changes i see taking place are:
> * the foss developmental methodology is delivering, hence indicating
> that proprietary development methodologies is not the only way of
> producing commercial software
> * browser technology has finally been able to deliver on its 
> promise of
> products to be delivered as services
> * technology advances and political/economic hemegonies are flattening
> the world not only for companies but for individuals too. while 
> this has
> increased the level of competition, it also has increased the 
> level of
> collaboration between individuals - foss, blogging, research are prime
> examples of high value creation from this flatter world we live in.
> what would you agree or disagree with the points noted above?
> ditesh
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