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SRO: How Open Is Open?

Mar 30, 2000, 22:23 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Jo Foley, Deborah Gage)

"Many companies are trying to jump on the open-source bandwagon--only to be pushed off when their claims prove to be more marketing hype than a true opening of their technology."

"The distinction has tripped up Apple Computer Inc., Sun Microsystems Inc. and, earlier this week, Netscape, among many others. And it begs the question: Just when is software truly open source?"

"The issue is more than one of semantics. If open source is to develop as a mainstay of computing, supporters say, users must have faith that products entered into the open-source community meet commonly accepted criteria."

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