"Each of the open source vendors is aiming to grow their market
share in an economy that is shrinking. The open source vendors
compete against each other but the bigger prize is competing
against the proprietary vendors like HP, IBM, CA and BMC.
""When times are good, people aren't as critical of their
applications and they tend to overpay," Mark Hinkle, vice president
of community at Zenoss argued. "The economic slowdown has helped to
illustrate the value of open source. When times are tough, you
start re- evaluating how you do business.""