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Means and ends in open source

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One thing that makes analysis of business strategies in open source difficult (even for professionals) is a confusion of means and ends.

Take my earlier post on IBM. I asked about IBM’s open source strategy in isolation, which is a mistake. That’s because for IBM, open source is a means, not an end.

For IBM, open source is a means to unify product lines, to sell hardware and services. It’w a way to gain contracts for managing big systems and solving big problems. IBM is not primarily a software company. It’s a systems and solutions company.

For companies like Microsoft and Oracle,

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