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IT Week: Tim O'Reilly talks Open Source

Mar 31, 1999, 07:12 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Orlowski)

"Publisher Tim O'Reilly needs no introduction to the Internet community, as his reference books have become the staple of Web-facing IT departments. One of the architects behind the Open Source branding initiative, a board member of the IETF and trustee of the Internet Society, O'Reilly was in London for the launch of O'Reilly UK. He spoke to Andrew Orlowski, news editor of IT Week."

"So why the interest in Open Source now? Has it increased, or did the media just wake late up to it?"

"You've warned before about the threats to Open Source software, particularly from protocols becoming commoditised. Is that still the biggest threat?"

"Commoditising protocols is like over-fishing. Microsoft is not being a good corporate citizen when it does that. We've got to protect Open Source like we protect the environment. I'm a trustee of the Internet Society and there's this analogy between the Internet and the environment; we need a Sierra Club for the Internet -- it's important."

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