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..."