Even proprietary companies are harnessing the goodness of open-source movement
A recent CNet article, "User exchanges: It's good to share," describes how even proprietary software is reaping rewards by embracing open source development. Here's particularly notable quote from this article: "[S]oftware makers who skip user exchanges miss valuable opportunities for boosting customer loyalty and improving product development, Macromedia [vice president of product management Jeff] Whatcott said."
A colleague of mine at IBM, Craig Lordan, also was interviewed for this article. Here's an excerpt:
IBM has offered its Sandbox site for many years, allowing customers using its Lotus office software to swap add-ons and customizations.Lotus is not only a long time provider of this "open-source feel" Sandbox. It's also committed to adopt open, cross-platform standards as the foundation of its commercial products. This commitment to open standards is reflected in recent product announcements and releases. For example, see our recent developerWorks interview with Doug Wilson on the IBM Workplace Client Technologies.
Check out the Lotus Sandbox at http