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November 08, 2010


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Si Chen

I'd agree and disagree here: You're pointing out something very important, which is that there are no big software companies in the "open source" industry. In other words, while there are successful software companies that provide security, search, CRM, etc. etc., there are no big software companies providing "open source."

But maybe that's because "open source" is not the innovation but just a natural part of what all those other software companies do?

In other words, it's not that open source needs to be shelved, but rather that it's quietly become ubiquitous.

Dennis Byron

Thanks for the comment Si but my point is different.

Based on my research, there is no “open source industry,” business model or market or even company. Open source based on extensive demand and supply side research is simply a license term and condition from an IT investment Research market research point of view. I was the open source blogger on ebizQ from 2007-2009 and I wrote often that it was also a culture and a philosophy but neither have any effect on market dynamics based on the research.

I don’t say that open source “needs to be shelved” (just the idea of a market or a model or a company) and I have been writing for years (http://www.ebizq.net/topics/open_source/features/8349.html) that it is ubiquitous (although I do not use that word).

Thanks again


Si Chen

Ok now I just have to agree :)

You are right that there is no "open source industry, business model, or market or even company." I also agree that it has not had much effect on market dynamics or pricing. The reality is that the great software innovations of the last decade: cloud, social, mobile cmoputing, have not been "open sourcing" of something or the other but creating value from new technologies. (I wrote about this also last month http://www.opensourcestrategies.com/2010/10/27/how-open-source-can-help-real-people/)

Also you're right -- you didn't say "open source needs to be shelved" but "the idea of an open source market (or business model or supplier)"

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