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NewsForge: Seven Tips to Help FOSS Companies Succeed

Mar 08, 2005, 11:30 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"Suddenly, new companies based on free and open source software (FOSS) are being noticed again. Reading about companies like Alacos and Black Duck Software, I realize that it has been six years since FOSS began to have a market impact. Now, with the dot-com crash and a recession in the technology sector behind us, companies are still trying to answer the question, 'How can we make money from FOSS?' I can't pretend to give a complete answer, but here are a few observations that might improve the odds.

"At the companies where I've been a manager or a consultant, I've seen what works. More frequently, I've seen what doesn't work. Stormix Technologies, my introduction to FOSS companies, was never profitable. Nor, in my day, was Progeny Linux Systems. At other companies, I was a consultant, and didn't hear all the private decisions, but too often, I've seen the same mistakes being made over and over again..."

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