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CNet: Open-source approach fades in tough times


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"On the business end, companies typically seek customers with the free software and derive revenue by selling services and support. ... But that's proved easier said than done."

"Companies such as Sendmail and Covalent Technologies that sell proprietary enhancements to open-source foundations--the Sendmail e-mail and Apache Web page delivery programs, respectively-- are on more comfortable ground." On the business end, companies typically seek customers with the free software and derive revenue by selling services and support. ... But that's proved easier said than done.

This article was originally published on Nov 27, 2001
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