Santa Rosa Press-Democrat: Q&A: 'Open Source' Software Benefits All
Jul 31, 2003, 08:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bob Norberg)
[ Thanks to John
Wolley for this link. ]
"CJ Rayhill is CEO and executive vice president at O'Reilly and
Associates of Sebastopol, which drew 1,700 people to a conference
on the growing movement among software developers to share their
"PRESS DEMOCRAT: Say I have a PC with Windows and I think that I
have all that I need. How does sharing software code, or the
so-called 'Open Source' movement, benefit me?
"RAYHILL: I no longer think of my personal computer as the
centerpiece of my productivity. The Internet has now become the
operating system. As such, my personal computer is merely a device
which allows me to access the vast information, services and
software that exist within this huge mass of interlinked computers.
Open Source software has been, and will continue to be, a
fundamental component in the Internet infrastructure that you and I
access every day. In that sense, it is essential to each of us. As
far as operating my personal desktop/laptop computer, there are
more 'Open Source' options available to me today than ever before.
And they are beginning to rival or exceed other, commercially