Open Source and the Corporate world....

Over the last couple of weeks, when I can find a news story not from CES, there has been a lot written about Open Source and the Corporate World.  Two articles I found interesting that were about FOSS businesses.  The first is over at the Register and talks about going after business models and markets in decline.  It gives some great points about both companies that will be successful in the future and some that seem to be headed for danger.  The second article is a bit longer and tries to explain why Open Source Advocates may not always understand corporate America as well as we do here at  The article makes several good points but seems to be trying to inflame people in Open Source.  It's a good read and makes you really think about what you are reading across the web.  

Brian Wagner

Brian started working with *nix in while a student at Kent State University in the early 90's. In 1995, as an E-Mail Administrator for Caliber Technology (now part of Fedex) he was tasked with administering Sendmail on both Slackware Linux and Solaris Systems. His first home install of Linux was MkLinux DR1 in 1996 on his 60 Mhz PowerMac. Since then Brian has been working and consulting on Linux and it's uses in the Enterprise to support everything from E-Mail, Firewalls, Web and File serving to custom cluster solutions and grid solutions. Brian has had the opportunity to work in both Fortune 500 companies and small 2 person organizations. This has given him the unique insight into the differences every size business faces.