Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on August 30, 2006 03:47 AM
Your point is not relevant either. This article focuses on the value for business continuity. Having the source code for Red Hat (or any other product) does little to help a small to medium size business if the company is no longer viable. The concept of a small business paying someone to maintain, update and tailor the code to their needs is usually prohibitively expensive and replaces the dependence on a software vendor with dependence on an individual. What happens when the person who worked on your version of the open source app that needed major customization to actually fill your needs stops working unless they get $200k a year?