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If you open source an old market, are you doomed to fail?

Jan 08, 2011, 15:09 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Asay)

"Some open-source vendors did quite well, at least in terms of exits. JBoss, Zimbra, and others found their ways to fat exits worth hundreds of millions of dollars. For those that didn't get bought at the peak of the open-source acquisition hype cycle, however, there's still a big problem to overcome:

"They just might win. After all, even if a commodity open-source business can win over a bloated, slow-growth market, that market may be nearing terminal decline. Who wants to own such markets? I mean, beyond CA?"

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