OS3G - Open Source, 3rd Generation

A (humble) attempt to publish news from the trenches where Free/Libre/Open-Source Software is brought to the mainstream -- and Francois Letellier's blog, too

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Open Source the Corporate Way

Cape Clear's CEO: "All successful open-source initiatives that I can think of originate in the public domain" (Celtix mentionned as an example of failure, less than two months after the project has been incepted!)

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Tomcat, Ant: started at Sun then donated to Apache.
Open Office: started at StarOffice, bought by Sun, then open sourced
Mozilla: started by Netscape, then open sourced in 1998 as Mozilla, eventually gave birth to FireFox
MySQL: owned and sponsored by a single for-profit firm
OpenCascade: developed as proprietary CASCADE by Matra, then open sourced


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