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At what stage of life is the open source industry?

Jun 26, 2009, 12:07 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dana Blankenhorn)

"In a market's growth stage there are new jobs, new start-ups, new niches, and lots of business. The industry moves through the mass market like a whirlwind and people make money, In a market's consolidation phase, the leaders are identified and the rest of the herd is culled.

"It is possible I am confusing a general recession with a market consolidation.

"Open source is now a feature throughout the software industry, and it is continuing to take share away from proprietary software in niches — like enterprise applications — where it is strong."

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