John Siracusa has posted a quite thought provoking piece about the power games unfolding between Google, Apple, Facebook and others. Let’s say you wanted to own a cirtical open source project, i.e. own a key standard. How might you go about that. He makes a case, that has some merit(sic), that contribution rates can be used by a firm to buy control of an open source project. If so, then it’s only a matter of money and time.
It’s a good essay and worth reading. In my limited experience firms are rarely this strategic; but in retrospect they can stumble into outcomes like these – moving fast, hill climbing, and a bit of impatient greed can goes a long way. But, yeah – who knows … he might be right.