A think tank's view of free software
Posted May 9, 2007 19:26 UTC (Wed) by nim-nim
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> some of the participants, such as Eclipse, IBM, MySQL, O'Reilly, Sendmail,
> Sun, and Trolltech, to name a few, have significant stakes in free and
> open source software development.
IBM is less attached to its FLOSS product line than to its closed product line. Its representants typically only use the FLOSS part to pimp the expensive closed variants.
Eclipse is a consortium with a lot of big business members not especially attached to open source.
Sun is embracing open source because the market is forcing the move. I doubt the people Sun would send to a "business think tank" are especially attached to Open Source (more than to the old S for share Sun party line). Even if they were they'd auto-censor themselves, fearing to frighten potential customers.
The others are smaller fishes.
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