>"Tiemann offers an historical perspective on what makes open source businesses successful, and shares how he dealt with the open source movement's early skeptic"
Cygnus lasted only for 11 years and was not a huge success. We shouldn't take advice from small business owners that didn't do very well. Sure Cygnus survived, but eventually sold out to Red Hat.
Now if you're the guys who originally came up with Android (pre-Google acquisition, as Google didn't create it), I'm listening.
Cygnus developers gave Red Hat talent, insight and control over what was the most important part of the ecosystem for the burgeoning operating system company - the toolchain. GCC was critical in the ability to provide 10 years of API/ABI compatibility and support for enterprise legitimacy.
Without Cygnus, Red Hat Linux would have had a hard time remaking itself into Red Hat Enterprise Linux.