Why so few Python jobs? (and licenses)

Cliff Wells logiplexsoftware at earthlink.net
Tue Oct 9 02:05:55 CEST 2001

On Monday 08 October 2001 14:39, Alan Miller wrote:

> significant time internally plus a few hundred dollars in licensing fees
> are we much better off than if we'd gone out and bought a commercial
> library for $200?  If nothing else the company is large enough that
> purchasing off-the-shelf libraries is pretty simple, while negotiating
> licenses is less so.

The downside of purchasing a commercial library is that you usually don't get 
the source code - just object files you can link against.  Now imagine 
building a huge application that depends on those libraries.  Now imagine the 
library provider going out of business.  Now picture yourself rewriting an 
entire application to use a different library (it happened at our company). 
It seems that licensing a GPL'd library has advantages that may make the 
negotiation worthwhile.


Cliff Wells
Software Engineer
Logiplex Corporation (www.logiplex.net)
(503) 978-6726 x308
(800) 735-0555 x308

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