Nearly two months ago, Raven Zachary, a senior analyst with The 451 Group, sent me his research report "Going Open: Software Vendors in Transition." I've been waiting for the chance to read it in full, but it hasn't been easy finding time to plow through its 66 pages. On a flight to Europe yesterday I found the time, and am glad I did.
Raven does an excellent job of dissecting the reasons vendors have given for shifting from proprietary software to open source software, and the sometimes neutered attempts to do so. He writes:
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