Replication Wars - Endgame
The best part of all this is that 'free' doesn't mean free - and for once, even the Slashdotters get it. Free, obviously, in this context, means costly - consumers 'locked in', competition 'locked out', and rights 'managed' to minimize 'leakage'. Who appropriates all the value created? The guys who 'give away' the 'free' hardware.
Oh, wait - that means nothing gets exchanged
for the 'value' that gets created. Nobody will buy into it if they expect to get nothing in return. Not exactly a big surprise - unless you can't see past your 'strategy'.
I love it when execs read a couple of econ books but don't understand what epistemology means.