Developer.com: How Open Source Has Been Good for Software Companies

“When most of us think of software companies, we think about the
big 800-pound gorillas in the space—companies such as
Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, SUN, and so on. But there are many small
software companies out there. Many are thriving in the shadows of
the giants.

“Lots of folks have suggested that the open source movement will
negatively impact software companies by providing free versions of
their products to consumers and companies. Some of the material
even made one wonder if any software company would survive and
whether software company employees should be looking for new

“However, I am glad to report that things are not as they seem.
After working with many smaller software companies, I found that
open source has actually been a boon for many of them as well as
their bigger brethren…”

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