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Comment Re:The recession is the best argument. (Score 1) 227

Multi-million annual dollar contracts for products and services with both companies.

No- we can't retain staff with the necessary technical skill to deal with problems when something mysteriously doesn't work.

Multi-million annual dollars (times two) cannot retain staff with the necessary technical skill? The mind boggles.

Comment Re:The recession is the best argument. (Score 1) 227

But the fact remains, when the software doesn't work- we can *make* IBM or Microsoft spend thousands of dollars analyzing and FIXING the problem (even if it requires a software patch).

Okay, what's your secret? I've got bugs that I opened with MS against Windows 2000 and Visual Studio 2003 that *still* weren't fixed as of Vista and Visual Studio 2008. So far, the only thing I've been able to *make* MS do is say "Closed (wontfix)".

We can't *make* a group of random people do that.

Maybe not a randomly chosen group of people, but you can certainly make your own employees do that, since the source is available. Or contract it out to RedHat, or whomever you like.

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