"I had originally written an editorial for this month's issue
titled, 'Is Commercialization Killing Open Source?' Then I read
William Hurley's blog. William or as his friends call him,
"whurley," is the chief architect of open source strategy at BMC.
He gets to the heart of an issue that is being brought to light as
a greater number of businesses adopt open source business models:
"As a greater commercial influence exerts itself in the open source
community, will these companies run roughshod on those early
pioneers who have demonstrated the effectiveness of the open source
"Presently there are four multi-billion dollar companies that
have a very significant open source element to their businesses:
IBM, Sun, Novell, and Red Hat (you could make an argument for HP
and Dell too if you like)..."