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Re: [ox-en] What if the designs of everything were free?

I suppose that Free Software was not attractive to capitalism also. To run debian in a 486 is not attractive for capitalism but it's attractive for me.

But I like to think about our freedom and environmental aspects.

Following your example, I know somebody who works in an well known tires company. He told me that exists a noncommercial design of tires with a very, very low wear. But this is not attractive also to capitalism.

I know other more sad examples from drug industry.



On Fri, 1 Aug 2003 04:14:36 -0700 (PDT)
johan soderberg <soderbergjohan> wrote:

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I just read about a studie from the sixties, in which the authors concluded that in that time, 30% of the cost of a car was inbedded in the costs of designing new models. That proportion is likely to have skyrocked in the last 40 years. A long-shot guess could be 50-80 % of a car today is made up of design cost? That would imply that if design was free, then material goods would be down with 50-80% too. Clearly not an attractive option to capitalism!

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