The biggest problem revealed by this study isn't in its conclusions, but in the limited current capability of OSDL, or any single actor, to do something about them.
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Sun Microsystems says it will makes its Java Enterprise System, N1 Management software and developer tools free and, in time open source. It will also integrate the tools with the Solaris into something called the Solaris Enterprise System, which will also be free.
The hope is to model how an massive international process with a clear result should run.
One application type which it seems plain needs a community behind it, and thus open source, is mapping.
A finesse may cause Romney and his CIO, Peter Quinn, to climb down from their insistence on ODF and keep Microsoft Office revenues flowing.
There is always a cost to site development, and no shortcuts, because development takes talent, not just bodies, and talent costs money.
Governor Mitt Romney, a Republican, and his appointed CIO, Peter Quinn, are carrying the ball for open formats. So Microsoft has allied itself with their political opponents.
Name an open source project whose work does not replicate what is available in the proprietary world, which is a real innovation.
Think of something other than software that would benefit from open source ideas, and that could be organized to meet that challenge. Get back to me.
Open source is not a political issue, but it sometimes plays one on TV.