"Malay" wrote in message <001701bf0f78$5d74efa0$7b02a8c0 at nic.in>...
>: The problem is that most software developers want to be paid for their
Get a graduate student. They are cheap.
>Sure! But for a non-commercial developer, the appreciation that matters
>most, like in case of any creative work.
>>: : A company such as Apple, and the UNIX vendors, can subsidise the cost
>: development tools, because it means that more software is available for
>: their platforms. They make their money on the hardware.
>>But it not always true. The free development tools is a sort of "culture",
>that's been long practised in Unix bandwagon. And more software also means
>more sell of hardware. MS seems to be interested making money out of both
>"the cow" as well as the "milk". That's detrimental when cows are available
>>:A company such
>: as Microsoft can make money on sales of Windows, and subsidise the cost
>: of Visual C++ (which I don't believe they do any more).
>>That's exactly what I say. When Unix vendors can give away their developing
>tools as a part of their operating system. Why not microsoft? Linux is
>rapidly gaining market because of this. Particularly, individual developers
>are more interested in Linux.
>>:Sun can afford
>: to spend a fortune developing Java (the development of standarized
>: libraries is very expensive), because it increases the market for their
>: servers, and without it, Sun will not exist as Microsoft products become
>: more popular on the desktop.
>>That's may be true when it comes to "server". But noone can deny that JAVA
>is rapidly becoming an ubiquitous developing environment. SUN created a
>revolution in thinking, may be unknowingly or unintentionally. In the
>coming years, we will definitely see more and more softwares are developed
>in JAVA and Microsoft will lose even the "cow".
>:>: There is some very good software available at no cost (the GNU tools),
>: where people have donated their time. However, in general, as the cost
>: of software declines relative to the cost of hardware, I expect to see
>: fewer and fewer subsidised development tools.
>>I completely disagree. I think just the contrary, the developing tools will
>be completely free, as the softwares. And more and more softwares will be
>written by individuals rather than corporates as is happening in
>bioinformatics. Linux will be the operating system, primarily because the
>softwares that comes with it are free, both the tools as well as the
>>:>: I have been writing computer programs since 1966, and it is my
>: observation that in the computer market there is always a monopolist,
>: and many people do not like that monopolist. However, dislike of a
>: monopolist is insufficient to bring about a new form of computing. So
>: far, that has always been driven by commercial demand.
>:>>We are thinking about future. What you said was true in the past. It was a
>"developers market". In future, it will be "user's market".