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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • It really isn't that surprising or even all that interesting that Sesame Street is using Open Source to power their website. As brian pointed out, it's a common, easy win. Plus, the CMS space has all of the characteristics of a platform market even though most commercial CMS's are designed, marketed and installed as applications.
    I'm all for cheap, but I'm starting to develop a sensitivity for shareware and small commercial developers who are finding it hard to "compete" with open source.
    I don't see the relevance between a small scale, common CMS conversion and the larger picture of "competition" between commercial and open source development. First of all, software has two steady states: open and dead (usually dead wins out, even when the source code is open).

    Proprietary software is exceedingly good at blazing new trails, delivering niche features, and solving new problems. Open source is exceedingly good at building platforms, and providing common solutions to well-known and interesting problems.

    Those sets aren't entirely disjoint, but they don't fully overlap either.