Hybrid Open Source Model Proves Perfect for Sourcefire
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| It just makes so much sense from every level. Let's just take
| the marketing level: It's the ultimate viral marketing
| opportunity. You give your customers an opportunity to get
| that product, to play with it, to tell their friends, create
| their own little user community out there without any vendor
| driving that necessarily... It's an unbelievable way for the
| product to spread. It's good for the customer; it's good for
| the company...
| On the commercial side, as it spreads, you need somebody to
| manage it, to ensure that deadlines get met, that the product
| gets tested, to manage the various requirements and
| priorities and things like that. That's why a hybrid model is
| just a wonderful fit. It takes the best of open source and
| the best of commercial.
Companies such as MySQL AB take this approach and prosper. Mozilla
earns from the advertisements/referral model.
Also see the recent related interview:
OSDL's Portland Project Helps ISVs Port Products to Linux