Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Mitch Kapor on whether Groove should have gone open source

Mitch Kapor, of Lotus fame and now the Open Source Applications Foundation, has some interesting comments on the question "Should Groove have gone Open Source?". His current schtick is promoting open source applications, but here he is saying as his bottom line (literally) that "Going the open source route ought to be considered but it is not always really viable given the resources at hand." He notes that it is much easier to go open source if you start out with that model in mind rather than if you start with a proprietary model and then have to jump through hoops to switch to the open source community model. It's an interesting piece.

Mitch's discussion of the acquistion of Groove Networks by Microsoft is also quite illuminating.

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