HP: Open Source Here to Stay
Speaking at this week's O'Reilly Open Source Convention, HP's Stormy Peters discusses why businesses should consider open sourcing software.PORTLANDOpen-source software has significantly affected Hewlett-Packards business, with its open source review board looking at between two and 10 new open-source and Linux products a week, Stormy Peters, who runs HPs open source program office, said in her keynote address here on Thursday. In a talk titled "The Business of Open Source in the Enterprise" at the OReilly Open Source Convention (Oscon) here, Peters said open-source software is here to stay, evidenced by the growth of Linux in the server market. Open source is not successful because it is free, as the software component comprises a small part of total costs to an enterprise, but because it is effective, she said.
In a rationale for why businesses should consider open sourcing software, Peters said it could commoditize a market they did not control; could make a product or technology pervasive; could lower the products overall cost; and could promote hardware or other value-add components.