Geoff Hutchison ’99 has thoughts on open source and the small company.

People (and I also mean funding agencies) want to pay for the latest and greatest thing — whatever seems the most interesting. There’s rarely much money in maintaining software. Funding agencies don’t really want to fund bug fixes either.

I pay for science software and I also develop open source scientific software. I suspect the same thing is true for others. So what drives someone to pay or code yourself.

Read the whole entry and associated links. Those interested in open source should also read The Cathedral and the Bazaar by Eric Raymond (free version here). I write about open source finance here.

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