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ChannelZone: Open Source or Open for Business?

Mar 08, 2004, 19:00 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Barry Baker)

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"It's hard not to find the images attractive: Against the bastions of corporate computing, idealistic young software engineers fight for access to free software and an open, benevolent technology community. But before developers and independent software vendors (ISVs) get swept up by altruism and stake their business to development of solutions on open source code, it's worth considering: Can you take free software to the bank?

"Solution developers such as eOptimize increasingly find themselves faced with pressure--from within and without--to develop solutions on open source platforms such as Linux as the open source movement receives media play and customers inevitably find the promise of 'free' software irresistible.

"I've listened to the arguments for open source computing, and I've discussed the pros and cons of open source versus commercial code with other developers and our company's technical staff. But aside from the warm and fuzzy appeal of working on communally based software, does solution development on an open source platform make business sense for either an ISV or its customers...?"

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