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[News] Explanations of Why Free Software/Sharing Works Well for Businesses

  • Subject: [News] Explanations of Why Free Software/Sharing Works Well for Businesses
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 01 May 2010 23:19:27 +0100
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Count on me

,----[ Quote ]
| A vendor provides the support that can't be 
| found in the open source community. 


Strategy's Golden Rule

,----[ Quote ]
| Incumbents tried for decades to lock down 
| content in walled gardens â but none tried 
| to open it, unlock it, and free it.


Open vs. Closed: Jimmy Wales on Being Open

,----[ Quote ]
| Wales: One of the key pieces there for me is 
| that there are some business models around 
| Linux, but those business models â like Red 
| Hat â have tended to focus on the server 
| market, where certainly in the web-surfing 
| world, the LAMP stack [Linux, Apache, MySQL 
| and PHP] is dominant. And it is dominant in 
| that area in part because there emerged 
| business models that made it possible for 
| people to do things in a sustainable way, 
| whereas Linux on the desktop so far hasnât 
| really generated a business model. If you 
| think about Android, it can be open source, 
| or very nearly open source, and that doesnât 
| hurt its chances of succeeding simply 
| because Google has a business model around 
| it that has nothing to do with selling the 
| software. They can fund it, they can support 
| it, and it makes business sense for them to 
| do so, in a way that it has never made a lot 
| of business sense for anybody to really 
| spend the money to get Linux on the desktop 
| to that kind of polished state.


A Refresher Course on Alfresco

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| The update was mainly confirming the 
| continuing progress of Alfresco. According 
| to the company, there have been more than 2 
| million downloads of the code, and Alfresco 
| now has more than 1,100 customers, 150,000 
| community members, 74,000 live sites and 
| over a million active users. It's also been 
| adding more big name companies to its 
| portfolio. 

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