18 Jun, 2006
Open source software: the trojan horse for India and China
Posted by: admin In: Opinions
An interesting quote from Larry Augustin, reported by ZDNet:
“I still don’t see many people from India and China contributing to open source. It’s when the people in those countries get into the process that you’ll see things. It’s not going to happen until you see the contribution level increase.”
He’s right. But there is another point that many do not see: like vTiger did with SugarCRM, Indian or Chinese entrepreneurs will soon use open source software to build competitive software solutions to US software vendors. Today’s competition is still fair and occident-centric: swedish based MySQL AB competes against Oracle, Red Hat against IBM & Sun, etc… But see Red Flag in China. Other will come. These countries will have thousands of talented people: programmers, architects and.. entrepreneurs… Look at the software market today: dominated by SAP, Oracle, Microsoft & IBM. One of the most obvious answer to this domination is building from open source software. They’ll do it. Wait for more indian and chinese ventures on the subject.