Re: Nanotech: Open Source or Proprietary

From: Robin Hanson (
Date: Wed Jul 12 2000 - 11:20:48 MDT

Charlie Stross wrote:
> > I'll grant this as a possibility, but counter than many people seem way
> > too quick to assume that open source will take over. It is now only a
> > small part of software, and an even smaller part of the other industries
> > I mentioned, many of which have been around a lot longer.
>I'm biased, because I'm an open source developer (even if only in
>a small way). However, I wouldn't call 30% of the server market small!
>Open source is also making in-roads in embedded systems. ...

Has anyone made an estimate of the fraction of ability-weighted programmer
hours that goes into open source vs. other software? How about comparable
estimates for related industries like drugs, movies, music, or airlines?

Robin Hanson
Asst. Prof. Economics, George Mason University
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