Open Source Killer App Funding - what the?. Can you find the next Killer App by looking?.
I suspect most of the low hanging fruit of the desktop software world have been been picked - or that there's so much risk of MS attacking the venture and using their monopoly to crush any competition that it'd be too hard to get sufficient funding for a truly killer app - unless its open source.
James is dreaming wistfully. How many large Open Source client applications do you know, that attracted any sort of funding at all, and are still vibrant and live? Think about it carefully now boys... [rebelutionary]
Mozilla, OpenOffice/StarOffice, eclipse, the Linux desktop? All got funding in one way or another. Of course open source projects don't need funding, though sometimes they do get it in some form or other.
My point wasn't meant to be about funding and open source; more that its hard to get funding for non-open source projects to compete in the desktop application space, whereas there's less of a requirement for funding if you go the open source route.
The only serious competitors to MS Office (OpenOffice, StarOffice etc) and IE (Mozilla) are all open source. I don't see this changing any time soon. I don't think there's much competition left in the desktop software 'killer app' market of the Netscape/1-2-3 mould from traditional companies with funding requirements building commercial software, unless you go the open source route like, say, Chandler or Mozilla. Sure there's still some niches left, but they are niches, not mainstream killer apps.
I guess its no suprise most companies have moved away from desktop applications and instead gone into making web-centric applications, web sites, portal software, services etc.
I wonder if the term killer app is meaningful any more. Should it be solely reserved for desktop applications and office suites? Or should we consider things like google as a killer app?