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how well does open source currently meet the needs of shareholders and ceo’s?

Asks Hugh.

My question: ask Google or Apple. Their shareholders and CEOs seem pretty happy at the moment. Or for a smaller, end-user organisation maybe ask Nigel Fortlage at GHY International.

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  1. Well, I’m not saying Open Source is rubbish [far from it]… I’m just saying, if it’s such a good deal, how does paidware [e.g. like my brand new client, Microsoft] stay in business?

    Enquiring minds want to know…

    hugh macleodApril 17, 2007 @ 3:27 pmReply
  2. i frigging hope Microsoft stays in business Hugh, and of course it will. Its an ecosystem as you point out generates squillions of bucks and keeps a lot of my favourite people in beer and burgers. I would not make the distinction so hard and fast though between paid/unpaid. poster child for the new expensive open source is Alfresco. download free! but if you want paid support its 10k per CPU. also note how much shared source MS does. that is, the distinction is not between oss and paidware.

    jgovernorApril 17, 2007 @ 3:35 pmReply
  3. open source is just a different model of making money and specifically a very good model for Market Capture. http://www.gandalf-lab.com/blog/2007/04/does-open-source-make-ecomonic-sense.html

    Understanding this is the key for an investor. You know what . I do not under the oil industry and hence I do not invest in it. Similarly shareholders who do not under the business models in open source should rely on mutual funds or invest somewhere else.



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