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 Vikas Kamat is a programmer- entrepreneur living in Birmingham AL. This blog is a complex mix of Indian culture, life in southern USA, computer sciences, and sports. Opinions are his own.
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A Story and Why OpenSource Rocks

I grew up knowing very little about the stock market. My father had raised me with a strong prejudice against investing in stocks, equating it with gambling. Some years ago, after I had my own company, a friend of mine, who worked at Cisco visited me. Cisco stock was a very hot then, and I asked him why should I invest in Cisco when I can invest in my own company.

His one line reply awakened and educated me -- "Vikas, your talent pool has three engineers; Cisco's has 30,000 !".

This is the same reason why OpenSource software (free software that people can enhance) is superior to any properietary software. Microsoft, with all its wealth can commit, say a thousand programmers to enhance their operating system. But OpenSource has a million people enhancing Linux!!

Get it?!

There is just no way a few brilliant men can compete against the collective ideas of a few thousand billiant men/women. In my comparisons of Apache with IIS, PHP with ASP, or Linux with Windows NT, the OpenSource software certainly comes out the winner -- feature to feature.

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(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Wednesday, December 5, 2001
Last Modified: 1/24/2003
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