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Re: [jox] A response to Michel and Jakob

Am 15.03.2012 12:28, schrieb Michel Bauwens:
here is how I understand it, let's say ibm,

previously, ibm and other companies where all developing their own internal
software, spending a lot of money; when first corporate pooling and then
linux commons got along, they could obtain the same results with only 10%
of the investment; gladly giving an extra 5% away to the commons because of
all the savings they made. On top of that, they obtain the logic, give a
brick, get a house, so by paying only 2,000 people, they get the work of
100,000 paid people and another 25% who work for free as contributors.

Hi Michel,

do you really think, this is not a common story within capitalism? If a new technology (here the "social technology" of open sourcing) reduces average costs and you (as a capitalist) will use the costly old technology you will get ruined. So if you are technologically ahead (as IBM was, who understood the open sourcing quite early and even changed in the early 90th their philosophy from market leadership to technology leadership) you will just do the same. The market pricing will _adapt_ to the new technology, so after certain time you will no more get "free lunch". And "free lunch" was for your risk and efforts to establish the new technology (a trial and error period needs much human labour "on foreign common needs", so there is a clear understanding of all that within a sound labour value theory).

I think you deeply underestimate the role of ibm's (not so) new philosophy for, e.g., establishing the eclipse ecosystem in the last 10 years.



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