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Thursday, June 16, 2005
(Via Forbes) Marc Fleury claims JBoss shipped more copies last year than IBM did. IBM apparently has grown tired of it and acquired JBoss's main rival, Gluecode, which also distributes a set of open source Web server programs. Gluecode used to make money by selling some "closed source" programs that ran on top of its free open source stuff. IBM intends to release the source code for all of Gluecode's programs and distribute them for free. IBM also will slash prices on service and support, charging less than half of what Gluecode used to charge. The pitch to customers is this: You get the software for free and service and support at a bargain rate. And it all comes from IBM."Where does this all end? When the whole deck of cards, the whole software industry, falls apart? I find it arrogant on their part that they think they can control what they've unleashed," says Fleury, JBoss' chairman and chief executive. This is what open source software is all about: creating knockoffs and giving them away, destroying the value of whatever the other guy is selling. What's new is that now open-source companies are turning on each other.
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