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Like Eric Raymond’s article, “The Magic Cauldron,” “Open Source Case” analyzes different revenue models for open source companies. This compliments Raymond’s article by being a little more contemporary and also infuses more a business investor perspective into how companies can leverage the power of open source to their advantage.
Businesses should adopt open software because it is safer for the business. The section “The Reliability Problem” focuses on the proven models that show that open-source is often more reliable and robust than closed-source materials. As businesses focus more on software products and services, they should consider the advantages of taking proprietary software or software products and making them open source. The advantages of open sourcing include:
More loyal customers with a better product? It sounds like a pretty good bet for an investor as long as the business has a way of turning these additional strengths into a revenue. When that happens, investors will provide funds as long as the company provides a return on the investment. The article reemphasizes models that Eric Raymond explains in his article, “The Magic Cauldron” as possible ways that investors can capitalize on the benefits of strong open-source companies that provide value.
A list of some open-source startups listed in Wired magazine: https://edtechbooks.org/-xpp
Another article addressed to business owners and managers that builds on Eric Raymond’s article “The Magic Cauldron” while adding more arguments for good open-source business practices. Frank Hecker, “Setting Up Shop” https://edtechbooks.org/-ywMz
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