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Has Open Source Sold Out?

Jan 26, 2008, 01:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bill Snyder)

"Has the open source software movement become a victim of its own success? A provocative new study by a longtime software analyst suggests that the giants of the commercial software world are cashing in on the popularity of open source and becoming the dominant force in what was once called the free software movement.

"Perhaps the most startling statistic in the report is this: IBM's open source revenue in 2007 was equal to that of Red Hat, the largest and most influential open source company. Not only did IBM equal Red Hat's open source revenue, but the next largest revenue earners were Sun and Oracle, according to the study. What does that mean for the long run...?"

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