Open Source: An ‘Advertisement On Steroids’

Article Source InformationWeek’s Open Source Weblog
December 2, 2009, 8:17 am

That’s one of the many analogies and observations drawn by Vyatta CEO Kelly Herrell in a blog post about the economics of open source. The open source business model is tremendously effective, in his eyes — it’s just that its effects are not always measured in dollar values, and that can drive the money men crazy.

It’s tempting to dismiss this with a line like “you don’t miss what you can’t measure”, since any business has to eventually talk dollars and cents and bottom lines. But there’s a lot of truth to this: open source can often remake a market for a given kind of software when your back’s turned. By the time you turn around…

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