The Worth of Open Source? Open Question
Jun 26, 2007, 16:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Aaron Ricadela)
"For all the success of open-source software--developers the
world over flock to the code available freely over the
Internet--its purveyors able to thrive as public companies are few.
Linux operating system seller Red Hat has generated billions in
value for investors, but its shares have slipped 3% in the past
year amid new competition. Novell, which supports a version of
Linux, has been criticized for striking a cooperation deal with
Microsoft seen by many as a threat to the spread of Linux.
"That small community of open-source stocks may soon be
widening. MySQL, a fast-growing maker of database software used by
some of the Internet's most recognized brands, is preparing to file
for an initial public offering, perhaps as soon as late