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Open Source Competitor Software

1. Will commercial software manufacturers be justified in raising their prices to make up for revenue lost to open source competitors? Do you think that strategy would be effective?

2. Do you think open source software will have a positive or negative impact on the quality of software available for used? Would you prefer to use open source software? Why or why not?

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Note: answers assume free as in beer OSS, as OSS that is paid for is essentially commercial software with fewer restrictions.

1.Will commercial software manufacturers be justified in raising their prices to make up for revenue lost to open source competitors? Do you think that strategy would be effective?

Commercial software manufacturers are justified in charging whatever they want for their software. The goal is for them to price it such that they made the maximum profit possible; this is a tradeoff ...

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331 words discuss whether open source software benefits or detracts from overall software quality as well as if commercial distributors can raise prices to make up revenue lost to open source competitors.

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