One of our readers, Chris, commenting on Open Source ERP Activity Trends, had some very good questions and I decided to answer them, one by one, in a dedicated post.
Q: Is Opensource integral to the success of companies like Compiere and Openbravo, or is it more a marketing tool?
A: I’ll start by answering the latter part of the question – definitely NO!, it’s not a marketing tool. All open source projects start with a genuine intention of making things better. Programmers grouping together to write a piece of software for no money, usually in their spare time (after working 10 hours for their commercial employer) don’t think about marketing. They only think about writing the smartest,cleanest,coolest software ever written. And many such projects yield some the best software ever written – the Linux kernel, The Apache web server,the Firefox browser.
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