Reading Marc Fleury's post on the subject of open source and proprietary software (a response to my post on Benchmark's investment in Engine Yard), you'd be tempted to believe that the world is growing more proprietary. Reading InfoWorld's response to Marc, you'd be certain that yes, the world is definitely closing off.
Unfortunately, the data suggests the inverse.
It seems quite clear to me that the software industry is rapidly, in some cases, and gradually, in others, opening up. Very few can get away with foisting a heavily proprietary model on the market anymore. Were a startup to launch today with a great new idea for a proprietary database/application server/etc., they'd probably fail to get funding and would certainly fail to find a great deal of customer traction. (I should know - the founders of my company, Alfresco, attempted to do just that before starting Alfresco.)
Even Marc's words fail to convince because his example (100% open) speaks much louder than his belated blog entry on the subject. The blog isn't paying his bills. Open source is.
I think the reason for the disconnect between reality and words is because we're looking at the same data in different ways. Let me explain.… Read more