January 17, 2001

Free Software and the innovator's dilemma

Author: JT Smith

Kelly McNeill writes "When established firms shy away from new technologies to avoid undercutting their core businesses, they leave the market open for a new player to implement the disruptive technology, then slowly march up the food chain, overthrowing the old market leader. Minicomputer manufacturers in the 1980s, for instance, diligently followed their customers' demands to invest only in faster minis, while ignoring the PC market." The story's at OS Opinion.


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