Open Failures

Journalism begins at home. I highly recommend you to read this article on the failure of open systems written by Mr. Daniel Eran Dilger.

An excerpt:

Rather than being a key to success (espoused in the mantra, "open always wins"), open software has historically resulted in a primordial soup from which real winners emerge through proprietary activity. Stay in the soup and you don't develop, nor do you make any money[…] […] OpenStep largely failed because Sun pulled out of the partnership and copied the most valuable concepts of the OpenStep specification to deliver Java, a write-once, deploy anywhere strategy with lower barriers of adoption.

Well, I am not pretty sure if openness in NeXT was a complete failure.


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