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OSS not ideal for niche, specialized apps

Aug 12, 2011, 21:04 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Kwang)

"While Zedlewski conceded it is difficult to make broad generalizations as open source companies or projects can be found in almost every software category, he said: "There are more open source software projects focused on enterprise infrastructure and systems software than on enterprise application software."

"He added in his e-mail that it's easier for an OSS project to succeed when the developer community is inherently familiar with and aligned to the problem the project is trying to solve. For example, it's difficult to find a volunteer developer community that is very familiar and passionate about logistics systems, Zedlewski pointed out."

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