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LinuxWorld: Desktop Linux: 'By the Users, For the Users...'

Aug 20, 2003, 19:00 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Nowak)

"The business world has never seen anything like the Linux ecosystem before. Many of us barely have our heads around the competitive landscape of the proprietary software publishing business with its near-zero cost to produce additional copies, complex licensing terms, huge gross margins, often changing pricing strategy, and a development strategy that varies based on market power as much as user needs. The software business is certainly not your father's Chevrolet. Then Linux and Open Source Software (OSS) come along and drop a bomb on an already complex competitive arena by adding huge wrinkles through openness on the development side and by tossing out many of proprietary software's use limitations and its high price. These factors further distance the OSS ecosystem from traditional business models and push it toward being a social phenomenon.

"Within the context of the business and social phenomenon that is OSS, this article discusses why there exists a natural niche for a non-profit member organization to be front and center in the move to OSS on the Desktop..."

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