Penguin: Why Is Open Source So Important?

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Why Is Open-Source So Important? Part Two: The Problem With Profit And Property

The relationship between open-source companies and the open-source community is not clear-cut. This is because the concepts of communal good and the market economy do not necessarily go hand in hand. Open-source projects often grow very fast because everyone is working towards the same goal of improving the software for the common good—once companies need to make profit to survive however, these goals do not necessarily stay aligned. Nevertheless, open-source does exist in a market-driven world that relies on the principles of direct exchange and supply and demand.