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[News] Free Software Turns to Business, Without the Lock-ins

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Brampton Factor: Open source goes commercial

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| Businesses may be comfortable using well-known open source products. But how 
| will they take to more modest efforts? Martin Brampton looks at one 
| commercial wannabe.  
| 
| Is the arrival of Acquia an indication of changing times for open source?
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| If you have not heard of Acquia, you may have heard of Drupal, a popular open 
| source content management systems (CMS). Acquia is a commercial operation set 
| up to deliver Drupal software packages and services.  
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http://software.silicon.com/applications/0,39024653,39328229,00.htm?r=1

The Shape of the Cloud

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| Monopolies Don’t Require Lock-in
| 
| Google has (effectively) a monopoly on consumer search. They have no lock-in; 
| anyone who wants to can switch their default search provider in a few 
| seconds. One could write a book, and several people have, about how they 
| maintain their grip on the market, but let’s skip that and just see this as 
| an existence proof.    
| 
| Which is to say, history tells us that Hugh Macleod’s vision of a single 
| insanely-huge cloud provider is perfectly believable. 
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http://www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/200x/2008/10/27/Shape-of-the-Cloud


Recent:

Reuters Says George Mason University Is Handing Out Its Proprietary Software

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| Thomson Reuters demands $10 million and an injunction to stop George Mason
| University from distributing its new Web browser application, Zotero
| software, an open-source format that allows users to convert Reuters' EndNote
| Software. Reuters claims George Mason is violating its license agreement and
| destroying the EndNote customer base.
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http://www.courthousenews.com/2008/09/17/Reuters_Says_George_Mason_University_Is_Handing_Out_Its_Proprietary_Software.htm
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