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InfoWorld: New Models, Challenges for Open Source Businesses

“An open source software company is something of a paradox. On
the one hand, it has to convince customers that software is
increasingly becoming commoditized, that proprietary software is
limiting and expensive, and that standards-based,
community-developed and -supported open source software is the way
to go. On the other hand, an open source company has to persuade
those same customers that they should pay it for the use of that
same software.

“It stands to reason that not every open source company will
survive to become a successful business over the long haul.
Likewise, the business models around open source must continue to
evolve to match the changing nature of the market…”


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