Co-op offers software sharing to companies -- for $30,000 a year
A fledgling co-op is seeking to sign up big companies to its variation of open source, with members sharing their in-house software:
Project Avalanche is putting a new spin on the coop concept -- rather than sharing health foods or vacation condos, members share intellectual property. For $30,000 a year, companies may donate any in-house software to the Avalanche library and may use, free of charge, any other software in the library's collection. -- http
Here's a noteworthy excerpt from the WSJ article:
Or, asks [Project Avalanche's brainchild, Andrew Black], what if Avalanche members collaborated on a foolproof collection of open-source programs that could be used on their corporate desktops instead of the Windows and Office combinations from Microsoft? Mr. Black grumbles about having to pay Microsoft hundreds of dollars a year per employee for programs like word processing and spreadsheets, which he says should be commodities by now.
On one hand, this suggests that even Fortune 500-type companies see the potential benefits of open source software. On the other hand, with a $30,000 annual fee, free software advocates no doubt Avalanche as a bit contrary to their vision.
For more details, see Ben Galbraith's java.net Weblog entry, http