‘innovation’,‘1% inspiration, 99% perspiration’ and ‘0.01% inspiration, 99.99% perspiration’
2008-09-26 22:07:58| 分类：
Linus Torvalds, Geek of the Week
you think that products such as open office can gain acceptance by
being clones of more widely used commercial products or do you think
they need to innovate before they will gain acceptance?'
think that ‘innovation’ is a four-letter word in the industry. It
should never be used in polite company. It's become a PR thing to sell
new versions with.
It was Edison who said ‘1% inspiration, 99%
perspiration’. That may have been true a hundred years ago. These days
it's ‘0.01% inspiration, 99.99% perspiration’, and the inspiration is
the easy part. As a project manager, I have never had trouble finding
people with crazy ideas. I have trouble finding people who can
execute. IOW, ‘innovation" is way oversold. And it sure as hell
shouldn't be applied to products like MS Word or Open office.
no, I don't think people need ore innovation. I'd rather see more
people sell their product on some plain old-fashioned ‘being good’.
yes, I think open office certainly can compete. Software is a harsh
area, in that the incumbent who has been in the area for many years not
only has mind-share and PR and is seen as the ‘innovator’ (‘You keep
using that word. I don't think it means what you think it means’), but
even more so, they simply have more years of experience under their
And unlike ‘innovation’, the ‘years of effort’ definitely matter in this market.
course, quite often, ‘years of effort’ also tends to mean ‘years of
bloat’, so after a certain point, it's less helpful than it used to be.
I think that's what you're seeing now with MS Office vs Open Office -
the advantage of years of effort that MS has is starting to not be able
to overcome the costs of bloat and self-satisfaction.'