Open source urged to remain European
The organizer behind the Open Source Business Conference has called on European enterprise open source companies to retain their roots and avoid the urge to relocate to the US.
"One of the things Europe needs to do is reassert its ownership of open source," Matt Asay told attendees at OSBC Europe. As well as being OSBC director, Asay is the former director of open source strategy at Novell Inc, and is the current VP of business development at Alfresco Software Inc.
"I think Europe needs to reassert itself as the business center for Europe," he said, noting that enterprise open source software vendors are in a position to do so, but only if they stop moving to North America. "They need to stop moving to Silicon Valley," he said. "There are no customers in Silicon Valley, only vendors."
Where a company establishes its headquarters is becoming increasingly arbitrary because of the virtually connected nature of the open source development process.