[Linux-aus] Fwd: FYI & Comment - Latest version of Democrat Open Source Bill

Jon maddog Hall maddog at li.org
Thu Sep 18 23:53:02 UTC 2003

leon at cyberknights.com.au said:
> Microsoft have already pre-neutralised this one as stated. They claim
> that most of the money from Microsoft sales stays in the country.

HAHAHAHA!  Thank you Microsoft, I needed a good laugh.

Sure, in retail sales, usually half the money remains in the country.  But that money
would have remained no matter what you were selling, or who created it.

Let me tell you that even in the states, I object to so much money flowing
from the small "country" of New Hampshire (where we have a lot of local
software people out of work) to the small "country" of Redmond, Washington
(where they have more millionaires per capita than almost any other place
in the USA).

One dollar not spent on royalties flowing toward Redmond, but spent on local
programmers tailoring FOSS to customer's needs means two-three times that
amount in local support infrastructure (local food, local housing, local taxes).

I would rather have 80,000 millionaires than one 80 Billionaire.  And I would
rather have 800,000 "hundred-thousandaires" than 80,000 millionaires.

Jon "maddog" Hall
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