The Keys to Open-Source Success

 
 
By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2005-12-19 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The greatest prospect for success with open-source software involves a strategy of mixing open-source with commercial software, according to a panel of experts on the subject.

The greatest prospect for success with open-source software involves a strategy of mixing open-source with commercial software, according to a panel of experts on the subject.

Adam Fitzgerald, director for developer solutions at BEA Systems Inc., of San Jose, Calif., said: "You need to start thinking about what an open-source solution can do for you and identify best practices and best-of-breed open-source technology. This notion of blending open-source solutions is what we see customers already using."

Fitzgerald spoke at the panel at the BEAWorld conference here earlier this month.

"Combining the best open-source software and the best commercial software will give you the best solution," said Zhongyuan Zheng, vice president for R&D at Beijing-based Red Flag Software Co. Ltd., Chinas premier Linux vendor and maker of Red Flag Linux.

Patrick Linskey, a new BEA technical strategist who came onboard with the companys acquisition of SolarMetric Inc.—where he was chief technology officer—spoke about the impact of open-source technology on small independent companies.

"The big question to a small company going out and competing is, How do you want to deliver value to your customers?" Linskey said. "We got burned by proprietary products—both open-source proprietary products and commercial proprietary products."

Panelists also stressed that open standards are key to the success of open-source software.

 
 
 
 
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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