Please find below a very interesting interview of Maddog by Cesar Brod :
Cesar Brod: People coming every year to Latinoware already expect your presence in the event and, as usual, you will have again a big crowd watching your talk. It is being now more than ten years since you first came to Brasil to talk about free and open source software. What do you believe people really get and what do you think people still don’t get at all in relation to free and open source software?
For some people “Free Software” is something they can pull down of the Internet and use to solve their problems without having to pay a royalty or a license fee. In many countries this argument has little pull, since they do not pay for a lot of their software.
For others, such as developers or enterprise people, Free Software represents software that they can get bug fixes or extensions for quickly so they can continue working. Or use their own extensions to develop a better solution than their competitor.
For trainers and consultants it means that by studying the software and the source code to that software they can be just as expert in that software as the person (or people) that wrote it, and therefore command a premium for their services.
I often try, in my mind, to extend the present day to the far future. What would happen if we had seven billion people using our systems of today? Would the queue at the help line be five days long, or only three? Would I get 500 patches to wade through on “Patch Tuesday”, or would the vendor also patch on Thursdays in the future?
For certain people, like myself, who have had the misfortune of seeing the computer industry evolve from one of service to one of products, and the luxury of having the time to look into the future to a day when we have to meet the needs of another five billion “desktop” users….we can see how computer products as we know them will fail, and software built on good service will be the key to delivering the next five billion “desktops”. ….