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InfoWorld: Build vs. Buy

Jan 24, 2006, 01:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Asay)

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Victorian Marriage and Open Source

"VCs ply project leads with promises of enterprise glory and IPO wealth. Corporations try to lure developers with the promise of temporal comfort--a comfy salary and expanded influence.

"Maybe this is a good thing. I'm certainly a fan of commercial open source, as I believe that the more money developers can make from open source development, the more of such development there will be. But I wonder if the 'marital offer' corporations and capital makes to the development community is sometimes a bit crass and, well, material..."

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Building vs. Buying Open Source Communities

"Leaving aside the question as to whether one actually can buy community (see my separate post), I don't believe it's an easy task under the best of circumstances, for the same reason that most acquisitions fail to deliver their promised benefits. Combining corporate/community cultures is tremendously difficult. Combining the business models these entail is only slightly less so.

"I'm an Arsenal supporter. I despise Chelsea. Part of the reason I dislike Chelsea is that it's clearly a 'buy community' kind of soccer (football) club. I think the Russian mafia (ahem, Roman Abromovich) has injected nearly $500 million into the club, buying up an immensely deep bench of talented players..."

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