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IT Manager's Journal: Sleepycat--A Blue Ribbon Example of Open Source Financial Success

Nov 14, 2005, 11:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Ask the executives of any IT shop that has not yet dipped its toe into the waters of open source software, or perhaps has just played around the edges of the pool, why they have not jumped in with both feet and the answer is often the belief that companies using the open source model are unlikely to have financial viability. In other words, they are afraid that in the process of offering its source code for free, a company is jeopardizing its ability to remain a going concern and will not be around to provide support over a period of years. Sleepycat software shows that doesn't have to happen.

"It is not just IT shops that have a mistaken impression of the open source business models. Ask companies that only operate under a proprietary licensing arrangement and you will get pretty much the same answer. The general feeling in much of the IT industry is that you cannot make money by allowing the world to see your source code..."

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