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Being acquired is the best thing for a FOSS project

Jun 05, 2010, 07:05 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Julie Bort)

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"Being bought by a commercial competitor is about the best possible thing that could eventually happen to a popular, pure FOSS project. It seems contrary to the vision of free software, and yet it's true if people like Daniel Cid, founder of Open Source Security, Host-Based Intrusion Detection System (OSSEC) and HD Moore, founder of Metasploit, are to be believed. (And they would know.)

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"Daniel CidI recently interviewed Daniel Cid (pictured) because OSSEC was one of the first fully free security projects ever to be acquired by a commercial entity. (Know of an earlier one? Leave me a comment and I'll write an update on that project, too). True, plenty of open source projects have been bought -- but I'm talking about an acquisition of a "basement built" FOSS project with no commercial version. (Ok, it might have been developed in a comfortable home office, or the local coffee shop.)

"Daniel has two years experience of the free-to-commercial transition under his belt, and while the sale didn't make him as rich as Larry Ellison, he does say that it was by far the best thing that could have happened to OSSEC."

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