The Widening Value Gap Between Open Source and Commercial Software

In a recent Network World  article, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst slammed commercial software for being too expensive, failing to address user needs, and worst of all, shoveling all the risk associated with implementing new systems...

10/28/2010

Developers Are Taking Over the World!

I wrote a post a few weeks ago discussing Apple's success at penetrating the corporate world by ignoring the generic "enterprise market" in favor of selling to individual users.Today, I'm struck by a related phenomenon, the...

09/29/2010

The Rise or Fall of Open Source?

A recent post from Redmonk analyst Stephen O'Grady asked an interesting question. If open source were treated as a single organization with a distinct brand, where would it be today along a typical organizational lifecycle: startup,...

09/23/2010

Uncle Sam meets open source with open arms

It seems everywhere I look, I see another example of government adopting open source.Earlier this month, a consortium of public and non-profit organizations launched Civic Commons, a public-private partnership that will help...

09/19/2010

What Apple has in common with successful open source projects

Matt Asay hit on a fundamental - and often overlooked - point in his GigaOm post the other day: Apple is able to conquer markets by ignoring the concept of the faceless, generic "market" and instead concentrating on winning the...

09/03/2010

Brazil is open to open source

I’ve been traveling quite a bit recently to meet with Lucid’s customers and partners around the globe. Earlier this week I had the pleasure of speaking at an event organized for business executives by our partner in Brazil,...

08/25/2010

Reducing Code Risks with Open Source

In the old days, the commercial licensing model for software was fairly straightforward -- and somewhat risky:Company A buys a software license from Company B, a startup. Company A crosses its fingers that Company B doesn't...

08/19/2010

Survey says: companies are singing the open-source gospel

Some people like open source because it's cheap or free. This isn't news.The low-or-no-cost of open source is still very attractive. Just look at my previous post on the youth ripple effect in open source and you can see who some of...

08/11/2010

Open source, the demo-meritocracy

Is open source more democratic or meritocratic? You could make a convincing case for either one but, like a lot of things in life, it's probably somewhere in between. Consider open source's characteristics.First, open source is in...

08/05/2010

How to check your open source project for signs of life

I am a firm believer in the power and value of open source, just as I'm a believer in understanding the nature of the community, how to discover and choose the code that's right for your application needs, and how to minimize ...

07/29/2010

Get them while they’re young

Ashlee Vance recently wrote a good piece in the New York Times that touched on a concept well-known to every major company catering to consumers or other mass markets: Try to get them when they're young.Vance's article talks about...

07/21/2010

The Open source legal maze: an open trap?

Five minutes after first looking at open source, I found myself on the phone with a lawyer. When people talk about open source, they use words like “free” and all these other wonderful terms; when I spoke to the lawyer, he described...

07/14/2010

Open source as business model or engineering convenience?

Every good engineer knows that design precedes re-use. First, you start with a good software design; then, whatever code you are writing has to be as generic as possible so it can be reusable. Engineers often do this by looking at...

06/30/2010

Open source: inalienable right or company prerogative?

How much code should be contributed for an open source project? There's no right or wrong answer, but anyone working with open source code has to address the question eventually. It's a daunting question that has preoccupied the...

06/23/2010

The one kind of open source, and the other kind

Open source tends to get thrown into one generalized category. But not all open source software is created equal. There are, in fact, two distinctly different flavors and they behave quite differently. a) company first, project...

06/16/2010

Not All Open Source is Created Equal

When I started to work at Lucid Imagination, it was pretty clear to me that I was new to the open source world. So I started by talking to open source luminaries like Zack Urlocker, Mark Brewer, Matt Asay, Andrei Elkin, Larry...

06/09/2010

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