Penguin: Open Source Software Crossroads

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Open Source Software At A Crossroads

Over the years we’ve seen different approaches to monetizing open source, and we have examples of them all in the past year’s exits:

  • Sell support and services (Heptio acquired by VMware VMW -1.98%)
  • Sell managed open source ( MongoDB as-a-service)
  • Have an open source core, sell the bits around it ( Elastic , Pivotal IPOs)
  • Make order out of chaos ( Red Hat RHT -0.16% acquired by IBM IBM -0.09%)
  • Aggregate and accelerate other peoples’ code (GitHub acquired by Microsoft)

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