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Upside: Growing the Open Source Organism

Sep 29, 1999, 14:42 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Williams)

"Yet, as a former developer of X Windows, the free software behind most Unix and Linux-based graphic user interface programs, Weiner knows what its like to watch his work come crawling out of the Internet petri dish. That's why when it comes time to describe his company's role in the evolving open source universe, Weiner has to go back a few billion years to find the closest historical parallel..."

"Officially, Weiner says BeOpen's business goal is to become the "leading community-based portal" for open source developers and users alike. Unofficially, however, he sees the BeOpen.com and the www.beopen.com website as a catalyst, a central switching point linking corporate dollars with projects beyond the GNU/Linux infrastructure, a process Weiner colorfully refers to as "growing the organism."

"We think the operating-system space is covered pretty well," Weiner says. "Let's move on to the next generation: applications, groupware, platform integration tools."

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