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Linux Journal: Taking the Bazaars out of the Cathedral

Oct 31, 2001, 16:10 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tim Boudreau, Petr Hrebejk)
"As the success of Linux, Apache and other open software grows, corporate participation in open-source projects and use of open-source software is likewise increasing. Not surprisingly, so are the attacks from open source's critics. After dismissing open source as a fringe movement for years, these critics now seek to thwart its growing success by, among other things, casting doubts upon the economic viability of open-source business models.

These criticisms--that open-source business models are built on nothing more than the hope that by giving software away vendors will be able to sell users something else, such as service and support--raise some fundamental questions...

There are some easy, emotionally satisfying answers to the questions above, such as "The good side is winning, and volunteers working for free will save the software world." But reality is rarely so simple, and economic reality never is. Businesses (at least those that survive) do things because it is in their interest to do them."

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