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Submission + - Successful Open Source Project and Deep Pockets?

JoPapaEd writes: "Has Open Source software passed the idealistic phase and matured to the point that, to be successful, deep pockets are needed? Linux has had a fabulous run, but could they have run as far without IBM? Apache has a solid position, but again IBM is everywhere. Firefox has been a meteor — with a large assist from Google. And now Ubuntu is starting to have Googleprints all over it. I'm thinking about open sourcing a project scheduling engine, but my pauper pockets suggest this would be a big mistake. Can a grass roots open source project still work, or has 2007 passed this quaint notion by?"

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