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Brampton Factor: Open source goes commercial

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| Businesses may be comfortable using well-known open source products. But how
| will they take to more modest efforts? Martin Brampton looks at one
| commercial wannabe.
|
| Is the arrival of Acquia an indication of changing times for open source?
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| If you have not heard of Acquia, you may have heard of Drupal, a popular open
| source content management systems (CMS). Acquia is a commercial operation set
| up to deliver Drupal software packages and services.
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http://software.silicon.com/applicat...229,00.htm?r=1

The Shape of the Cloud

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| Monopolies Don’t Require Lock-in
|
| Google has (effectively) a monopoly on consumer search. They have no lock-in;
| anyone who wants to can switch their default search provider in a few
| seconds. One could write a book, and several people have, about how they
| maintain their grip on the market, but let’s skip that and just see this as
| an existence proof.
|
| Which is to say, history tells us that Hugh Macleod’s vision of a single
| insanely-huge cloud provider is perfectly believable.
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http://www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/20...e-of-the-Cloud


Recent:

Reuters Says George Mason University Is Handing Out Its Proprietary Software

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| Thomson Reuters demands $10 million and an injunction to stop George Mason
| University from distributing its new Web browser application, Zotero
| software, an open-source format that allows users to convert Reuters' EndNote
| Software. Reuters claims George Mason is violating its license agreement and
| destroying the EndNote customer base.
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http://www.courthousenews.com/2008/0...y_Software.htm
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