Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 1st Jun 2008 09:40 UTC, submitted by tbutler
Linux Back in 2001, there was a company who thought they could launch a sustainable business model around a file manager. They wrote the file manager itself, and figured they could profit from offering online services delivered through the file manager. However, the company ran out of money quickly, and wen they released version 1.0 of their file manager, they had to fire everyone, only to go down a few months later. That company was Eazel, and the file manager was Nautilus. Apparently, some saw this as the demise of the Linux desktop - others didn't.
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Corporation vs Community
by Moredhas on Sun 1st Jun 2008 10:36 UTC
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Vision would be an advantage of development in a corporate setting, I guess. In community things like Ubuntu's brainstorm, quite often good ideas get drowned out in the noise of other ideas (some good, some not). When a company like Apple decides on a future direction, they do it (I imagine - I have no real idea) around a table, bouncing ideas back and forth, and forming some kind of goal. Sometimes the community can't focus on one idea and say "I want that in the next version".

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RE: Corporation vs Community
by google_ninja on Sun 1st Jun 2008 17:46 in reply to "Corporation vs Community"
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Apple is actually a great example, or Steve Jobs to be more specific. He is a leader with vision and the ability to recognize and surround himself with talented people, and then ride them mercilessly until he gets the results he wants.

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