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Wednesday 46

Enterprise-grade Open Source Software

Filed under: Open source — Tags: , — zundel @ pm

Delightfully succinct and authoritative summation of the state of play:

Supply, Demand, and Open Source Enterprise Adoption
by Eric Gries, CEO, Lucid Imagination

Now, more often than not, it delivers better software than commercial vendors — software that’s being adopted by successful companies where exasperated managers recognize they are being charged inflated prices to maintain and upgrade existing packaged software that simply isn’t as good as lower priced alternatives.

[….] the meritocratic development ethos of open source promotes only the best and brightest content through the engineering process, creating an environment of “frictionless innovation.” It is fundamentally a much better way to collaborate, ensuring that the features users really want end up in the product — with public peer review filtering out poor code. Compare this to the way most proprietary vendors move the development process forward. With only token input from customers, factions within the company battle it out to prioritize new features, usually optimized for a few of the largest customers or customer deals. If you’re not in that elect group, your needs won’t be met.

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