Open source strategies:

From time to time I advise a software vendor on how, whether, or to what extent it should offer its technology in open source. In summary, I believe:

  • The formal differences between “open source” and “closed source” strategies are of secondary importance.
  • The attitudinal and emotional differences between “open source” and “closed source” approaches can be large.
  • A pure closed source strategy can make sense.
  • A closed source strategy with important open source aspects can make sense.
  • A pure open source strategy will only rarely win.

Good stuff – for software vendors.

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