This is a textbook case for a business school
Posted Apr 6, 2005 17:49 UTC (Wed) by mcelrath
In reply to: This is a textbook case for a business school
Parent article: Linus on the BK withdrawal
I think JoeBuck and hppnq are spot on. How does Larry bending over backward change that this was all a marketing strategy? Even if totally unintentional (which I doubt), it's still a great case for marketing study.
After making my original post, I read a bit more, and it seems Larry often encourages the development of a free alternative. Perhaps this way he could pull bitkeeper support from linux in a way that didn't alienate linux users. After 3 years, there is still no comparable alternative, and perhaps his company didn't intend to wait this long to end their marketing ploy. Thus, they had to find a way/excuse to pull the plug.
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