At the time I was nonplussed by the comment, but a discussion at Tech Central Station today on developments at the Open Source Business Conference focussed my thinking a little. The Open Source movement is apparently being "mugged by reality," and dropping its collectivist roots in the process; it's a little like George Bernard Shaw's observation that if you aren't a socialist as a teenager you have no heart, and if you aren't a capitalist by thirty you have no brain:
The Open Source Business Conference demonstrated that capitalists have finally discovered a new way to think about software development. For innovation and economic growth to continue, calls for government intervention should be dismissed. Open source products require an open marketplace.