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InfoWorld: New Models, Challenges for Open Source Businesses

May 11, 2006, 02:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Neil McAllister)

"An open source software company is something of a paradox. On the one hand, it has to convince customers that software is increasingly becoming commoditized, that proprietary software is limiting and expensive, and that standards-based, community-developed and -supported open source software is the way to go. On the other hand, an open source company has to persuade those same customers that they should pay it for the use of that same software.

"It stands to reason that not every open source company will survive to become a successful business over the long haul. Likewise, the business models around open source must continue to evolve to match the changing nature of the market..."

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