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Why Product Management is Open Source's Fatal Flaw

May 04, 2008, 00:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Young)

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"Free Open Source Software (FOSS) is great--I have released code under the GPL, LGPL, and similar licenses. There are mountains of FOSS available right now for download from sites like SourceForge and others that save businesses millions of dollars. More importantly, FOSS offers feature sets and mixes that often aren't available in commercial products because the market is too small, commercial companies don't understand it, or the problems aren't profitable enough to solve.

"The great promise of FOSS is that you can have equal or more functionality than commercial software for free, and you have access to the source code if you have the desire, time, and skills to hack it into something new..."

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