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Does Open Source Have a Glass Ceiling?

Jun 07, 2008, 00:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Aslett)

"Savio Rodrigues has published an interesting post about the adoption of commercial open source software that brings together his thoughts about open source business models and suggests that commercial open source vendors may be heading for a glass ceiling.

"As Savio puts it: 'OSS lowers marketing, distribution, and sales costs. And yes, OSS is a great way to drive revenue from $0 to $X… s the vendor reaches $X, they have saturated Category 'C' users (those with cash and willing to spend it to save time). Now, the OSS vendor must try to win with Category 'B' users (those with cash, but who have been trained by the OSS community to expect value for free)...'"

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