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Open-source business sucks! No wait, it doesn’t!

Sigh. The current issue of the Economist has a story called “Open, but not as usual: As “open-source” models move beyond software into other businesses, their limitations are becoming apparent” which I had to read to learn about these limitations. But the article — while mentioning the usual glitches — is generally bullish on open-source business, praising it by the end of the article.

The tension in the article is derived from what seems to be common misunderstandings about open-source software, that 1) open doesn’t equal unstructured, and 2) open doesn’t equal innovation.

So after they duped me into reading the whole article I’ll refrain from honoring them with a link to spare you, dear reader, the trouble.