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Open Source's New Commercial Strategy

Dec 28, 2007, 16:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bill Snyder)

"What's in a name? Back in the days of the Gingrich revolution, the nastiest label you could pin on a politician was 'liberal.' And now that open source has become an essential technology, the quickest way to get a rise out of an open source executive (and to get flamed on dozens of blogs) is to say his or her company is 'commercial.'

"No matter what you call them, open source companies have been steadily integrating parts of the hated commercial software subscription model into their business. First it was support, and now it is software access. Say it ain’t so, Linus..."

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