Beekeeper and the Hive

The commercial open source software space has very little in the way of philosophy and critical analysis.  There are bloggers, yes.  But this paper is one of the few decent essays I’ve ever seen on the topic.

So despite the lack of empirical evidence presented to back up the paper’s claims, I think & hope that 10 years from now Dixon ’s essay will be considered an important step toward understanding how to run a business which revolves around open source software.

Also, for whatever it’s worth, my suspicion is that understanding the future of “commercial open source software” is also understanding the distant future of commercial software



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