Subject: Re: free software business anyone?
From: Tom Lord <lord@regexps.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2002 11:39:59 -0800 (PST)



       chrismaeda@yahoo.com
	[on "how should you have a successful open source business?"]

	Find someone's mature, proprietary cash cow and attack it.
	Cygnus did this with embedded dev tools, Red Hat is doing this
	with server OS's,

The popularity of GNU/Linux as server OS has forced HP, IBM, Sun, et
al. to begin offering it to their customers.  Those companies are
working on the OS in house.  They're also pushing both upwards and
downwards towards both bigger and smaller servers.  They're also
putting a lot of emphasis on smooth migration to and from proprietary
solutions, and seemless integration with the rest of the products and
services available from or through those companies.  Doesn't that
undermine the strategy of "attacking" the server OS markets held by
those companies?

-t