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IBM Lotus Symphony turns old OOo code into enterprise Judas goat

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 72.237.174.94] on June 11, 2008 03:12 PM
Symphony is a good example of why FOSS advocates need to stop hammering the "free as in beer" aspect of FOSS to the enterprise. Anyone can release software for "free" (gratis) and build a business model selling support or value-adds.

But I wonder what happens a couple years from now if IBM decides they need to make money on the project and start charging, or making the free version a cut-down featureset. Or (as is more likely) they abandon it because it isn't making them money.

OpenOffice.org will still be there, thankfully.

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