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Ubuntu In Five Years

  • October 26, 2010
  • By Sean Michael Kerner
As Ubuntu continues to grow, Shuttleworth doesn't see the open core model as a route for his company in the future. With open core, software vendors bundle commercial proprietary technology on top of an open source base. A study earlier this year from research firm 451 Group found that the open core business model was being used by 30 percent of open source vendors.

"Open core is not a model that appeals to us," Shuttleworth said. "I do think that the frenzy around the term open core is deeply misguided."

Shuttleworth noted that in his view, it is healthy for there to be a commercial model around open source software. He added that it would be bad for the open source ecosystem if critical pieces of software were unfunded and undirected.

"I would be happier if we had an ecosystem where there was clear ownership and leadership of all of the major components," Shuttleworth said. "We have less to fear from potentially concentrated ownership of each individual component by separate authors, than we do from an ecosystem that can't organize itself, provide roadmaps and make investments."

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.

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