Open Source Surprise

May 12, 2009

CNet here reported that up to 24 percent of software purchases are open source. Are the data 99.9  percent accurate? No. Are the data instructive? Yep. The reason is that a decade ago, open source would have been almost unmeasurable. Matt Asay wrote:

Today, if you look at the most successful open-source businesses, none of them pass the ideologues’ unrealistic and counterproductive “100-percent freedom” litmus test. Not a single one of them.

What emerging is a new business model and one that cannot be ignored.

Stephen Arnold, May 12, 2009


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