[ng-dhtml] Interesting article re: setting software pricing

Tom Trenka ng-dhtml at dept-z.com
Wed Aug 18 17:40:57 CDT 2004

...of course :)  Wasn't trying to imply that this is an in-depth analysis;
rather, I'd consider it to be a halfway decent starting point.

And your points are as accurate and well-taken as ever ;)


> -----Original Message-----
> From: NG-DHTML-bounces at netwindows.org 
> [mailto:NG-DHTML-bounces at netwindows.org] On Behalf Of Dylan Schiemann
> Sent: Wednesday, August 18, 2004 5:08 PM
> To: ng-dhtml at netwindows.org
> Subject: RE: [ng-dhtml] Interesting article re: setting 
> software pricing
> The article reminds me a lot of the book Strategy and Tactics 
> of Pricing, 
> http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/013026248X/qid=1
v=glance&s=books&n=507846 , but with a good emphasis on 
> strategic pricing implications in the software industry.
> His points about open source make sense: most businesses 
> don't make a lot of money by giving away their core products 
> for free.  But the business models of leveraging open source 
> software are a lot more complex than his discussion of the 
> topic, meaning that it isn't really just about whether to 
> give a product away for free or not.
> Dojo is a great example of this... most of us involved in 
> this project want what developers in other languages take for 
> granted... a standard framework for building applications.  
> This doesn't mean we all want to develop a bunch of 
> applications that we're going to give away to the world for 
> free just because.  What it means is that we're looking to 
> have that standard open architecture that the world has yet 
> to give us.
> ---- Original Message ----
> To: <ng-dhtml at netwindows.org>
> From: "Tom Trenka" <ng-dhtml at dept-z.com>
> Date: Wed, 18 Aug 2004 16:29:39 -0400
> Subject: [ng-dhtml] Interesting article re: setting software pricing
> This is an interesting article about small ISVs and setting 
> the price of software:
> http://msdn.microsoft.com/Longhorn/default.aspx?pull=/library/
> ...knowing how some of you feel about M$, bear in mind that 
> the article is one of a series written by Eric Sink of 
> SourceVault, and has almost *nothing* to do with Microsoft 
> itself; MSDN publishes it, but there isn't a direct advocacy 
> for using MS technology.
> Of particular interest is what he says about OSS in the 
> context of a business model. 
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