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Free Software Magazine: Why (Most) Medium Sized Free Software Projects are Doomed (or, IBM Said No)

Oct 08, 2006, 04:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tony Mobily)

"It's no secret that I love free software; you don't decide to start a magazine about it and stick with it for years unpaid if you don't. While making Free Software Magazine, I learned a lot about free software and its ecology. What I discovered was sometimes exciting, sometimes disheartening.

"The world is blessed with hundreds of free software projects: from small (and priceless) utilities (like 'ls'!), to complex, graphical programs (like Firefox, OOo and the GIMP). It's like a huge ecosystem, where each piece of software has its place and meaning--and where Darwinian survival rules are applied mercilessly, especially towards the weaker species..."

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