Friday, April 18, 2008

The Math of Open Source

A few engineers were joking around today having some tongue in cheek fun talking about personalities of open source code "downloaders" of almost any open source project. Here are some fun comments. Note some are telephony related.

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When Open Source is Free and you insist keeping it that way:

- You support yourself and ask the community for help which sometimes might work

- You have technical expertise with Linux and tools which makes you tick

- You tinker and it takes a long time typically because you need to know how it works

- You prefer command line or free GUIs, which may at times work just fine and dandy

- You refuse to pay for training because you have no life

- You won't pay for echo cancellation thus voice quality likely suffers or you are pure IP and have FIOS or high bandwidth solution; so lucky you with your SIP trunking provider who will probably change a SIP Invite message or something else tomorrow and your line won't work anymore! Tehe...have fun!

- You won't pay for any voice quality so the customer is unhappy - shame on you!

- You don't care about your customers, and if it costs 'anything' you refuse.....

- You are going broke as no customers return

- You buy cheap PSTN clone cards because you don't care to support the project who created the software you use for free

In Summary, you spend all your time on forums of the open source software projects you use. You pay for nothing. You want to make money but refuse to pay for anything or support your favorite project, and your customers are not coming back. Get real. It's just business!

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