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Open source doesn't repeal laws of economics

Dec 15, 2011, 17:00 (1 Talkback[s])

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"I take HP at their word that they will work with the open source community to set up appropriate licensing and governance. Unlike other firm-sponsored communities, letting go is not likely to be a problem.

However, open source only works when you have enough contributors. WebOS is not desktop Linux. Before a project launches, the best proxies are developer interest and user demand (scratching your own itch), and it's no secret that webOS — although technically sophisticated — was already an also-ran when HP bought it in spring 2010.

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