Mary Branscombe (marypcb) wrote,
Mary Branscombe
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Is it free? I'll take two.

"Free is the lowest barrier to entry for acquiring a product."
Sun President Jonathan Schwartz

But acquisition isn't everything. If it's free, a lot of people will try it but open source software has always been about being free as in speech, not free as in beer; or as Microsoft has taken to putting it "free as in puppy". Businesses can't afford to pick something because the acquisition cost is low if building with it and working with it is more difficult or time consuming than something with a higher up-front cost. You have to be both free and good. And in this case, able to front up against Oracle, IBM, Microsoft, BEA and successful open source projects like JBoss. I'd be much more interested if the Java core was going open source too.
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