Archive for March, 2006

Are open source acquisitions good in long run?

Tuesday, March 14th, 2006

Recently, we have seen lot of open source acquisitions by players like IBM, Oracle, Sun etc. These acquisitions has raised questions about the future of open source industry.
Open Thinking Here is my take on it: Any acquisition happens with motive of either reward or out of fear. Reward, when acquiring company thinks that the product can gel well with their existing suit and will bring them long term benefits. And fear, that the product is open source and doing pretty well in market which hinders their own sales and adds insecurity to company.

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Is Google’s Writely Acquisition a Challenge to Microsoft’s Office?

Sunday, March 12th, 2006

Google recently acquired Writely, a collaborative web based word processor. Writely is a hosted word processing package that allows users to edit and publish documents online. This is in line with the recent Google Analyst Day presentation where one of the 2006 focus talks about “Building new products and services for publishers of information”. This acquisition again added fuel to rivalry between Google and Microsoft which started when Google joined hands with Sun over StarOffice. (more…)

Open Source: Need to analyze their Biggest Asset

Monday, March 6th, 2006

There is lot of revolution in Open Source Area and every other day we hear a new open source product in market or an open source acquired/taken over by commercial companies. Whatever be the case, everyone want that its product be listed among the best, whether it is a commercial product or an open source product. Community is one of the biggest asset for any product and it gains more importance in open source terms since they don’t have enough funds to market the product.

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Software Buying Shift towards Open Source

Friday, March 3rd, 2006

The trend of moving to open source products is picking up and recently reports have proved it. Let’s look at what is the driving force that is behind this shift. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages associated with an open source product:

Advantages Disadvantages
Innovative
Large developers community
Open Code
Roadmap influenced by community
No Vendor lock-in

Stability and performance
Scalability
Risk
Support
Security Issues
Integration Issues

So now if we can overcome disadvantages of open source product (or some % of them), then open source product becomes obvious choice.

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