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NewsForge: Open Source by Osmosis

Aug 09, 2003, 02:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Asay)

"Much has been said and written about open source software in the past few years. So much, indeed, that one would think we would be super-saturated with it, and ready to move on to the 'next big thing.' But we have not, and do not appear to be even remotely close to the limit of open source's potential. It apparently cannot be over-hyped.

"One of open source's key benefits, which is often touted, is that it allows corporations to leverage a massive, unpaid (by the corporation) workforce. Thousands of developers co-create Linux, JBOSS, Open Office, etc., with (in most cases) no direct remuneration from their respective employers for their efforts. In the process, companies like HP, IBM, Novell, Red Hat, and many others are privileged to build hardware underneath or software on top of or alongside of this great, free/open code.

"But this is just one benefit of open source for corporations, and probably the most obvious. It is not, however, the most interesting. Of much greater importance, to my mind, is the influx of differing opinions and ideas open source leaks into a corporation, be it a vendor or end-user of IT..."

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