I love end of year predictions. Whether they're right or wrong is one thing, but it's valuable to imagine various scenarios of what might happen. Taking the time to consider and connect what has happened with what might happen, opens new insights.
Having said that, I'm not going to make a 2010 prediction about Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). I do, however, want to share some stats about
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version would. Thus, the company would eventually (if not outright) pay for the alternately licensed version. That model, as Driver points out, already exists and if it's truly an increasingly successful model then it suggests to me the companies adopting FOSS applications tend to accept it. Driver's post suggests that it is the more-conservative open-source adopters likely to want the support that this model more easily affords a vendor to provide. It's not without its downsides, which some, like