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atNewYork.com: O-STEP Seeks to Step Up Open Source Transition

Mar 13, 2003, 01:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thor Olavsrud)

"Stepping up to give software makers a push to open source their products, The Center of Open Source & Government Tuesday unveiled the Open Source Threshold Escrow Program, or O-STEP.

"Affiliated with the The Cyber Security Policy & Research Institute and The George Washington University, The Center of Open Source & Government intends the program to provide software makers with competitive incentives that will help them transition to the Open Source model.

"The essential idea is that traditional proprietary software companies will escrow their source code with the Center until a sales threshold--set by the company--is reached. Once the sales threshold is hit, the code escrow breaks and the code is released to the open source community..."

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