Subject: Re: Paul Fremantle on Open Source Business
From: Russ Nelson <>
Date: Wed, 26 May 2010 00:52:29 -0400

Stephen J. Turnbull writes:
 > So we're back where we started.  Open source seems like a good focus,
 > but it's no better than any other focus.

Huh?  Open source engages your customers in your product.  Any kind of
friction which causes your customers to be reluctant to switch to a
competitor is a competitive advantage.

 > And it restricts the ways you can generate revenue, compared to
 > your direct competitors who have chosen a different focus.

It also reduces your software development costs.  Customers fix bugs
and create enhancements.

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