Open Source and the Spanish companies
While I have been take part of the Google Summer of Code, concretly on the project Apache OpenJPA, I had seen how some companies are contributing with this proyect, companies like Bea, Sun or IBM. These companies have their own JEE Aplication Server and they have a similar client market, but they are working in the same Open Source proyect, these companies pay their employers to work on the project, concretly Bea donnated the base code to Apache.
What is the reason to do this? In Spain is very rare that a company open their code, but is realy rare that a company pays its employers to contribute on a Open Source proyect. Clearly Bea, Sun and IBM are a large software companies, they cannot be in a mistake. But why spanish companies do this?
How many Spanish companies contribute with Open Source? Only a few.
How many Spanish companies take advantage of Open Source? Almost all of them.
The best example of a Spanish company who believes in Open Source is Warp Networks this company is from Zaragoza (my city) and with only a handful people and a great product eBox, an this product is going to be going to be the official Ubuntu server management tool.
But this is a rare case in Spain and I don’t know why … but this is Spain, people think different, bosses think diferent and companies think diferent.
Will other companies follow this example? What do you think?