[kwlug-disc] the business model for open source

L.D. Paniak ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
Mon Aug 3 15:26:30 EDT 2009


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How about an example: Skype

http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/biztech/07/31/skype.lawsuit.threat/index.html

I know of businesses that depend on Skype for communication just a
little too much.  If Skype does not have it's licensing house in order,
the end-user pays when the plug is pulled.  This would never happen with
a pure GPL solution.  GPL is a more stable foundation on which to build
a business.

Robert P. J. Day wrote:
>   yes, i realize there's lots of this out there, but a friend wants a
> small number of references to online explanations that lay out the
> compelling reasons to adopt open source IT infrastructure, as opposed
> to proprietary solutions -- as much as possible targeted at the
> *business* people, not the techies.  for example, simply saying that
> the source is available has no interest to these people.  after all,
> they never read their developers' code, so why would they care?
> 
>   so ... any pointers to high-level *business* defenses for open
> source in the corporation?  relatively recent stuff preferred, of
> course.
> 
> rday
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