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Is Open Source complacent?

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As you probably have heard or read about by now Microsoft has made another deal with another open source company. This time Linspire has signed a deal with Microsoft to license VOIP and Windows proprietary media formats and true type fonts. My question is why? There is no need as those technologies are already in the open source world.

I believe the real reason that companies like Novell, Xandros and Linspire have signed a deal with Microsoft is complacency and laziness. They would prefer to spend money using existing and proprietary technology because it is available and easier instead of helping develop newer open technology that can provide more benefit to a larger audience.

Those are companies and it is their right to conduct their business however they see fit no matter who's toes they step on. However those actions are just a symptom of a larger problem. The open source movement has exploded in popularity and size in recent years. So much so that it has gathered the attention of both the public eye and large corporations. The obvious benefits and advantages are extremely attractive and many companies are looking at ways to leverage it.

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