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SubjectRe: [OT] Re: Troll Tech [was Re: Sco vs. IBM]
Larry McVoy wrote:
> I think I'm going to give up soon (much to relief of the list) because I
> keep getting the same sorts of answers which make sense from a small
> custom shop point of view but are simply broken from a company point of
> view.

What's wrong with small business? Just because a model doesn't work for
large companies doesn't invalidate the model. And I'm not convinced that
the model fails on a larger scale.

> Your model is fine, there is nothing wrong with it but there isn't a lot
> right with it either. You can't really grow your business under that
> model. Why? Because you are essentially a consulting shop and that
> isn't going to generate the revenue you need to hire more people, build
> more things, get more consulting. You can keep yourself going but not
> make enough to get more people going.

My business is growing; I've doubled revenues in the last year, and am
building alliances with other small shops to handle larger tasks. The
key, for me at least, is creating a baseline product that provides a
foundation on which I build applications for clients. I'm working on two
more baselines at the moment, while building a coalition to tackle
larger jobs.

> Instead of coming back at me with the premise of "well, I'm eating so my
> model is OK" how about coming back with a plan that says "Here's how we
> make an open source based business put Microsoft out of business". That's
> reality. You are just playing around on the edges, there is nothing
> wrong with that, but until you have a viable plan that competes with the
> big boys let's stop kidding ourselves, ok?

I'm not interested in playing with "the big boys", nor do I have a
desire to "put Microsoft out of business.".

I much prefer to play in the spaces that the big boys have no interest
in. I can employ several people, have a very comfortable life, and work
on projects that are far more interesting and important than replacing
Microsoft. It is possible to build a quality life (and perhaps a
society) from an economic model that is not founded on corporate

Scott Robert Ladd
Coyote Gulch Productions (
Professional programming for science and engineering;
Interesting and unusual bits of very free code.

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