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PSCU: Open Wide, The open-source movement may gain prominence sooner rather than later.

Dec 26, 1999, 18:38 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ken Henningsen, Don Fitzwater)

"Not only does the ascent of the open source movement and its proponents presage a major change in how software is developed and sold, it also heralds a fundamental change in the dynamics of the computer business...."

"Now, we don't want folks thinking we are jumping on the "bash Microsoft" bandwagon because we aren't. But the fact is that Microsoft misjudged the importance of the Internet and has been playing catch-up for quite a while. And the result is that, truthfully, Microsoft can't take credit for any of the current Internet boom."

"The boom is happening this time because of open standards, not de facto ones, with the most important standards being the Internet protocols themselves, like TCP/IP and HTML. Both are open standards that nobody owns, that follow published specifications that require no license fees and that have freely available reference implementations."

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