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August 12, 2005

It's Linux week in San Francisco...

By Tom Foremski for SiliconValleyWatcher

Open_Source.jpgLinuxWorld is in town and I haven't seen this much activity around a trade show in years. Actually, if you think about it, this is not surprising because it is becoming such a bedrock foundation of today's enterprise software world.

Linux, as the spearhead for the open source movement, has also become the metaphor for how to succeed in today's IT world. The metaphor is: take advantage of community property and layer your secret/proprietary sauce on top.

The interesting thing about LinuxWorld, and Linux in general, is the enormous amount of open source applications and technologies that are available. It's not just Linux, it's a ton of apps and technologies. Which means business opportunities in making all of this stuff work together.

The business opportunities are in the integration of stack/apps layers; offering complete ready-out-of-the-box-stacks; and, v. important, a one-stop one-page license (IP management tools.) Plus mixed-systems admin tools etc...

In terms of developing succesful business models based on open source technologies, the questions are: how far can you go in layering proprietary technologies on top of a "commons" infrastructure before you halt the community development process?

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