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Mark Atwood
Why I am not afraid of Open Source

Because ... only certain types of people have the ability to program. If true (and I believe it to be true) then programmers will forever command higher than usual salaries. And the more demand for programmers, the better-off will be programmers. And the more use of software, the more demand for programmers. And the less expensive is software, the more wide will be the use of it.

I believe that there is sufficient evidence to say that Open Source and free software lowers the cost of production of software, and hence will ineluctibly raise the salary of programmers, even as these programmers give away more and more of their software.

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From: neocuriosity Date: July 8th, 2008 01:24 am (UTC) (Link)
It sounds vaguely similar to the business plans of the dot bomb companies.

Just sayin'.
perldiver From: perldiver Date: July 8th, 2008 01:47 am (UTC) (Link)
The time that we will cease to command such good salaries is when we create AIs (or at least expert systems) that are capable of writing non-trivial software. Of course, programmers are the only ones who can write those systems, so at least we will have done it to ourselves. :>
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