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Millionaires, Billionaires, and Open Source

May 09, 2008, 01:30 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

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"Thanks to a recent column by my friend Andy Patrizio, I found out that there's 'been an ongoing debate among bloggers and industry observers over one simple question: Where are the open source billionaires?' OK, I'll buy that some people think that's a real question, but I think it says more about they don't understand the connection between software development genius and what it takes to become a billionaire.

"My short answer is that the open-source billionaires are the same place where Tim Paterson (Quick & Dirty DOS) and Marc Andreessen and Eric Bina (Mosaic) are today: Doing well, to the best of my knowledge but they're not in the Fortune 500..."

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