Does the “Open Source” Label Matter Anymore?

Matt Asay made a good point in his blog from a few days ago (I’m still catching up on my Google alerts) that while Google trends data shows the general interest (well, when it comes to net searches) is down when it comes to open source, all other signs point to great success for different open source models.

I agree, and think the commercial open source model has proven itself to the point where people may come upon SugarCRM, for example, not because it is a commercial open source solution, but just a great piece of software.

I have said it for a long time, as more and more software providers begin to open up some part of their offerings or development models, the label becomes more amorphous. And this is a good thing. Let’s let the users and buyers decide what solutions rise to the top based on the core engineering and usefulness of the offerings, not on some hip label…

One thought on “Does the “Open Source” Label Matter Anymore?

  1. Interesting thought, Martin.

    I’ll be honest, the more I interact with social media technology platforms (esp. WordPress and scripting via CSS) and the current era of commercial Web-development approaches (which all seems to be LAMP/XAMP stack development) … the more I find myself really questioning whether the open source line in the sand really matters or not.

    Matt is probably right.

    Honestly, I do not think that ‘open source’ is a differentiator for a business application at this point. It’s sort of like selling an electronics item touting that it ‘works on commonly-available 120V electricity standards.’ You’ve got to win on the capabilities and ease of integration. And yes open source may be a bullet point in the ‘ease of integration’ story, but it not the story.

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