- Aug 30, 2017
if a software company wants to stay relevant, you have to actually update your software, make changes and add features...
You need to be cautious here Dan. I can remember too many times when major players took this thinking to heart, and fell into a morass. Netscape 4 (Communicator) comes to mind, where MS simply worked on "the browser (IE4), the whole browser and nothing but the browser." IE4 and 5 were arguably the best browsers they ever made, and IE is still going. Who has Netscape any more? Opera decided to introduce a mail function... Eudora moved to Thunderbird... Many AVs decided to be the FBI and CIA and Navy SEALS all together... Where are they now?
Me, I like one app doing one job, and frequently I find examples (Voodooshield comes to mind) where the job is performed excellently well. Cobbler, K-Meleon, there's quite a long list actually. By all means be inventive, but too much of a Swiss Army Knife becomes unwieldy bloatware, just ask someone who has one of those 50-tool pocket knives! Copy NirSoft and Sven Faw, lots of little apps that do a great job.
But yes, give Open Source a go. If it doesn't work out, you still have the IP rights and can go back to closed source if necessary.