"Open sourcing "could have tremendous value for the community and Applied Biosystems," pointed out Steven Brenner, an assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and an open-source advocate. Open sourcing "allows more people to integrate more systems."
Jeffrey Chang, a consultant with Dalke Scientific Software, agreed: "Their [bioinformatics] tools really aren't where they make money. Open-sourcing them could result in better quality and more widely usable tools, which would help out" ABI.
But a move toward open-sourcing would abound with challenges for ABI just as it presents challenges for most companies that decide to take the plunge."