InfoWorld: Build vs. Buy
Jan 24, 2006, 01:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Asay)
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..."
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..."