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Open Source Limited in SMB Market, Report Finds

Dec 05, 2007, 16:45 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Will Kraft)

"The viability of selling open source software (OSS) to the small and medium business (SMB) segment of the market may not be as big of an opportunity as previously thought, according to a report released by the 451 Group. The report's assessment is based on its analysis of companies and organizations that provide or support open source solutions, such as Alfresco, BitRock, GroundWork, OpenOffice.org, Open-Xchange, SugarCRM, Untangle and Xandros.

"Software vendors find simple OSS programs to be unprofitable to sell, while SMBs may find complex OSS to be untenable, according to the report, 'The SMB Market Opportunity--How Big Are SMBs for Open Source?'..."

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