Where is the new money in open source for 2008?

I'll have my own predictions here later next month, but I will summarize everyone else's thusly. These are the problems of growth. These are the kinds of problems you want to have.

Linux image from ZDNet UK
The end-of-year predictions for open source are already starting to trickle in and one theme emerges clearly.

The search is on for new money.

Raven Zachary of The 451 Group expects that money to come from the usual suspects -- enterprise vendors.

Open source startups are no longer the next big thing -- renewable energy is. Some of those who backed open source are now looking to cash out, and some won't be able to.

Red Hat executive Nandu Pradham expects the telecom and education sectors to fuel growth.

The first means more than Asterisk -- for truly scaled communication Linux is the way to go. As to the second, if you are going to get more open source programmers, what better way is there than through the use of open source tools?

Peter Judge, one of our English cousins, suggests we can rely more on ourselves for growth than we think. (I borrowed the graphic from his piece -- hi cousin.)

He offers 10 practical suggestions you can start following today which will help open source grow.

Finally there's the rise of open source misunderstanding. Techdirt has put the "open source" label on Internet vigilantism. The growth of an Internet-centric society is inevitable, so let me predict that the study of this society is a growth industry.

I'll have my own predictions here later next month, but I will summarize everyone else's thusly. These are the problems of growth. These are the kinds of problems you want to have.  

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