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Technetra: Is Co-Existence Possible? The Collaboration Gene and the Greed Gene

Jan 13, 2006, 04:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert Adkins)

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"OSS and proprietary software have carved out their own niches in the kingdom of software.

"The evolutionary selection pressures on OSS are quite different from those shaping proprietary species. In the case of OSS, selection pressure is about successful collaboration within its user or developer community: only software that attracts contributors survives. In proprietary software, the selection pressure is driven entirely by user purchasing decisions: only market successes survive. These differing criteria--user participation vs. market success--are surprisingly complementary because they address different legitimate user needs..."

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