The 451 Group's Matt Aslett believes that a perfect storm is brewing for serious mergers and acquisitions around open source in 2009. Having a (literally) vested interest in the matter, I'd like to see his prophecy come true.
Aslett provides a long list of reasons to suppose that 2009 is the year of the open-source buyout, among them:Proprietary vendors see open source as a means of entering adjacent markets. Proprietary vendors see open source as a means of expanding reach and a potential source of upsell opportunities.
I've written on this second reason before, arguing that … Read more