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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Open Source Development Promotes Big Business

In the age of open source collaboration, mash-ups and free information, big business seems to be consistently one step behind. The annoucement posted on Google Operating System that GMAIL just added color labels, a popular feature from LifeHackers' Better Gmail Greasemonkey script got me thinking about the relationship of big businesses and open source developers. It appears that smart business, such as Google, monitor the developments people build onto their applications and eventually copy them and add them to their own application as was the case with Gmail's color labels.

So my questions to those who care to answer are:
How closely should big businesses follow open source developments?
In this day in age, is it necessary for big businesses to do so?

By Matt O'Hern at 03:09 PM | Comments (0)

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