Here is a quote from last months SourceForge project of the month:
"In today's environment, the actual code development is just a minor
part for business applications like Compiere. The major task is
functional analysis so that the application fulfills the requirements
of many industries and legislations. The driving force in Compiere are
not young hackers but gray-haired ERP veterans. We are looking for
people with at least five years of ERP analysis and development
Seems to me that Open Source projects (the developers) are becoming
more sophisticated in terms of knowing that the user value and
experience is really what they should be focused on. I think it is
true we are moving (I haven't determined if it is slowly or quickly)
away from developers developing for themselves, to Open Source being a
viable model for meeting business needs.
That said; though, isn't it true thought that Open Source is going to
always start out of an individuals or groups own need?
I have a theory about the future of open source, and potentially doing
more collaborative user based requirements to sponsor open source
financially, but I haven't really seen it come about yet. It would be
interesting to see Open Source provide a workable financial model.
Compiere is probably the closest example I have seen, with their open
source database port.