“By now, you’ve no doubt heard of Chris Anderson, Wired’s
Editor, and his recent article, Free! Why $0.00 Is the Future of
Business. If you haven’t, you should read it–it’s an interesting
compendium of how technology is changing the value of things.
However, as was the case with ‘The Long Tail,’ it’s a bit light on
analysis and a bit heavy on broad proclamations that don’t stand up
to further critique. However, all told, reading the article in a
commercial open source context can be rather revealing.
“I’ll summarize some of the article’s tasty bits: what Chris
calls ‘cross-product subsidies’ are becoming more and more
prevalent as technology allows companies greater flexibility than
ever to create free complements to what they actually sell…”