What’s becoming clearer now is the bogus nature of their own understanding of what’s good for the customer. In their 5 reasons to choose Unix over Linux, reason #2 is:
SCO Unix® is backed by a single, experienced vendor
The emphasis on “single” is mine, not SCO’s, but it should be shocking to anyone with a basic understanding of what’s good for the customer.
Is it a good thing if there’s only one long distance phone company? Is it a good thing if there’s only one mechanic to call when your car breaks down? Is it a good thing if there’s only one movie theater in town and you’re subjected to the owner’s wacky movie taste?
Choice is a good thing. And not just choice of products: products that need maintenance and upgrade (like software and cars) are incredibly inconvenient if said maintenance can only be performed by a single vendor. I wrote an article about this almost 4 years ago, and I guess I’m not surprised that some people are still stuck in the past: when it comes to software, people seem to forget that competition brings better, cheaper service.
Once again, here is proof that free software = free markets. A paradox? Not if you can think outside the software box and price tag.
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