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Leave Virginia Alone: On Open-source and Proprietary Threats

Jan 08, 2010, 04:33 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sebastian Rupley)

"While it used to be that the term “open source” conjured up socially lost Linux cave-dwellers, in recent years, open source has gone decidedly mainstream. Even if you don’t partake in dedicated offerings such as Firefox, Chrome, Adium or Android, there are probably open-source components in much of the software that you do use. But while the number of open source-focused startups is on the rise, proprietary software players are also increasingly acquiring open-source companies, and in the process, altering the courses of important platforms and applications. These aren’t necessarily good trends.

"Matt Asay recently predicted that this year would usher in lots of acquisitions of small cloud computing players by big software companies, specifically citing open-source players such as Cloudera (which supports the ever more popular Hadoop, an open-source query platform) as potential targets. Meanwhile big-ticket acquisitions of open source-focused companies have proliferated..."

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