No more free lunch for open source?

For the long-term health of open source, we need there to be billion-dollar open-source businesses.

No, we don’t.

Red Hat is on its way to being the first billion-dollar open-source software company. (Sun Microsystems is over that mark, but most of its sales come from hardware, not software.) But even Red Hat is not really a pure-play open-source company, and it’s going to need to accelerate and drive growth by selling solutions, which will require more tweaks to its licensing model–tweaks that will almost certainly make it look a bit more like the companies with which it currently competes.

The “pure-play” thing really needs to go.


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