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Wired: On Opening Up the Windows

Apr 26, 2000, 23:57 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Gartner)

"Since breaking up the company has been viewed so negatively by the stock market, how would another possible remedy -- forcing the company to open up the source code to its Windows operating system -- affect the industry?..."

"Opening up the Windows source code could spawn a new industry of Windows service specialists, as Red Hat and Caldera have done for Linux, Horng said. But Microsoft might not have the same incentives to provide support if it doesn't have total control of the operating system, which could create headaches for developers who would then have to deal with third-party companies...."

"Open-source development, where code is written by a community of developers instead of a single company, continues to gain popularity in government circles. Three French lawmakers have proposed requiring the use of open-standards software in all of the country's public administrations and organizations."

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