Re: Desktop Linux Summit thoughts....
From: Matt (not_at_chance.org)
Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2004 06:07:04 GMT
Harry Phillips wrote:
> PacManFever wrote:
>> Beta was superior to VHS, both in sound fidelity and
>> picture quality, but mainstream users chose VHS for some reason. It
>> doesn't make VHS any better, obviously, but that's what they chose.
> My understanding of the Beta V's VHS is this:
> 1. The Beta patent holders required the player makers to pay a royalty.
> 2. The VHS patent holders allowed the player to be made with no royalty.
> 3. The VHS patent holders required a royalty on the tapes.
> If you were a manufacturer and had to pay royalty's on Beta machines or
> keep every cent when you made a VHS machine, which would you make?
> That's why eventually the only machines made were VHS machines, since
> the only available machines to buy were VHS what did the consumers
> "choose" to buy? Not much choice was there?
> The VHS people were smarter than the Beta people, the recognised and
> used the principle that was coined by Mr Gillette
> "Give the razor's, sell them the blades"
> In other words, make your money on the mass consumption items, ie the
> tapes, look in your lounge room, or the video store. Compare how many
> tapes there are to the amount of players.
> Don't believe the myth "Build a better mouse trap and the world will
> beat a path to your door", it's crap. The reality is "Put a half arsed
> product into glossy magazines and you will become a monopoly".
> Microsoft are a marketing company, they knew that the people making the
> decisions were not you and I at the coal face, they targeted the PHB.
> They took over Novel's market because they had better marketing
> processes not because of a better product.
> The usual process is:
> 1. Take em to lunch,
> 2. Tell em a bunch of lies,
> 3. Reel them in,
> 4. Blame the tech's when the product doesn't do what they said it would
> do, 5. Tell them that feature is in the next release.
My point on this was PMF was trying to draw parallels between the Beta/VHS
debate an the current Lindows/other distribution debate without
understanding the backgound of the two issues. Clearly, by your
understanding, there is no parallel. Again, it seems PMF is making baseless