MapR and Zarafa Expand Open Source Strategy in Europe
From an ignorant American perspective, the European market may seem like a more natural fit for open source software than the United States. After all, aren’t those countries across the Atlantic populated by liberty-obsessed socialists with a natural affinity for sharing everything? To be sure, this view is hopelessly stereotypical. Nonetheless, Europe did see two major investments by open source vendors this week, in the form of new initiatives from MapR and Zarafa.
To be clear, I hardly think Europeans in general are any more naturally inclined to prefer open source software than we Americans. Still, the fact remains that most of the world’s leading proprietary software solutions are the products of U.S.-based companies, such as Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Adobe (NASDAQ: ADBE). Meanwhile, many of the major success stories of the open source world have European or internationalist roots: Think, for example, of Linux founder Linus Torvalds, a native of Finland, or Ubuntu’s parent company, Canonical, which now has a presence throughout the world but was founded by a the South African Mark Shuttleworth (who now, incidentally, resides on the semi-autonomous Isle of Man) and maintains its flagship offices in London.
Expanding Open Source in Europe: MapR and
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