Does open source matter?

Neil McAllister has an insightful article on the relative position of proprietary and closed source databases. He argues that "free to develop, pay to deploy" is becoming the norm in both worlds.

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  • The closing argument:

    “Traditional, proprietary software practices are no longer serving the needs of enterprise IT, but so far open source hasn’t provided all the answers, either.”

    To me, wasn’t proved in that article. It is correct, afaics, that open source has forced the plc’s to give more away for free though. However, will people really contribute code to a project, only to turn around and purchase the product so they can use the code they added? Seems like a long shot to me.

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