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Nov 24, 1999, 22:28 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Landley)

[ Thanks to Dale Sykora for this link. ]

"The disruptive technology currently attacking Microsoft... is the Open Source development model. Eric Raymond's classic paper "The Cathedral and the Bazaar"... explains how software can be developed not by a team of highly trained professionals, but by a loose association of hobbyists organized through the Internet..."

"While traditional software development is motivated by the sale value of that software, Open Source development is motivated by the software's use value."

"According to the Gartner Group's estimate, Linux passed the 10 million user mark during 1998 and was growing at 212% annually at the time. Assuming it slows to 100% annual growth (which it has maintained since its introduction in 1990), it will surpass the Windows installed base in about three years. At that point, the network effects will favor Linux and hinder Windows."

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