“In sum, while it can certainly be profitable to initially focus on commoditizing an old market, successful open-source vendors will be those that learn to enter newly minted markets or innovate their own. Otherwise they’ll be left standing on the charred remains of a dead or dying market, losers even as they win.”
According to Matt Asay setting the world Free amounts to “losing”. My pet market is the desktop. It may be a mature market but forever there will be a market for personal computing where individuals partake of creating, finding, modifying, storing and presenting information. Freedom in that market is important for billions of humans and their software and hardware. How is freeing that market losing? It is lazy business that insists on operating in a growing market only. Real businesses that work for a living can succeed in a mature market.
So, we see where the leadership of Ubuntu is going. They are trying to become the new M$, locking-in customers, persuing the mighty dollar at all costs to Freedom and abandoning the desktop to the dinosaur monopoly. How weak is that leadership that is so easily lead astray by the next shiny thing while abandoning human values? I will choose leadership with real values any day.