Can open source stop navel gazing and get real?
Oct 12, 2009, 22:33 (1 Talkback[s])
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"We miss the mark on open-source marketing. In fact, it's often
the case that the very standards we seek to set for the software
world--interoperability, transparency, etc.--are better observed
and delivered by open standards than by open source.
"As a case in point, Red Hat and other open-source companies
(including Alfresco, my employer) routinely advertise "no lock-in"
as a key reason to buy open source. There are two problems with
this marketing pitch: one, it's only technically true, and two,
customers don't care, as Redmonk's Stephen O'Grady recently
"On the first, it's true that open source can reduce vendor
lock-in by ensuring that a customer can get support and ongoing
code development from someone other than the original developer of
the software. But this is only trivially true."