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Dr. Dobb's: Free Software Needs Profit

Mar 20, 1999, 15:17 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Successful open source packages need accompanying commercial efforts to ensure their mainstream adoption."

"The combination of free and commercial developments makes open source software a formidable competitor in the software market."

"As an open source package becomes more and more popular, a widening gap develops between the needs of the user community and the features provided by the core developers. Sooner or later, commercial ventures will form to fill this gap. The user community will demand the additional services and offer to pay for them, so the business opportunities eventually become irresistable."

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