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451 CAOS Links 2009.06.16Matthew Aslett, June 16, 2009 @ 12:07 pm ET
Open source and SMBs. New funding for Lucid Imagination. And more.
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On open source and SMBs
Savio Rodrigues contrasted Dell’s plans to target SMBs with bundles of hardware and open source with research from Forrester that indicated that SMBs are still wary of open source, while Matt Asay noted that there are significant opportunities for open source vendors if they can work out how to crack the SMB market and suggested that the way to make software easier for SMBs and to monetize it might actually be cloud-based computing.
OStatic noted that the issue may well be one of lack of awareness and that Dell’s initiative, as well as the Open Source Channel Alliance, might tip the scale in favour of open source, an idea echoed by Dana Blankenhorn.
We previously covered the issue of open source and SMBs in our report, ‘CAOS Five-The SMB market opportunity,’. For details on that, and other recent discussion around the opportunity for open source, SMBs and the channel, see Jay’s recent post.
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