Open-Source Vendor Positioning

Sacha writes:

As I was thinking about the way companies (mostly software vendors) position towards Open Source, I realized I could try to categorize them. Here is what I came up with:

1. The truly committed
2. The mixed-codebase
3. The pragmatics
4. The anti-strategist
5. The headless chickens
6. The in-denial
7. The anti-OSS

I think only strategies 1, 2, 3 and 7 can be stable positions (with strategy 2 offering a good runway), while the others are unstable.

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Rajesh Jain

An Entrepreneur based in Mumbai, India.