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CNN/IDG: Suits, geeks seek common ground on open-source

Jul 25, 2000, 19:10 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dominique Deckmyn)

"The O'Reilly Open Source Software Convention here has become the meeting place between the informality of geek culture and the buttoned-down business world."

"For example, at last week's event, information technology vendors and user companies came to learn how to develop open-source projects without incurring the ire of the community. At the same time, open-source guru Eric Raymond explained how to talk about the free source-code market to business executives."

"The term "open source" was created in 1998 by advocates who hoped it would be more palatable to commercial companies than the alarming term free software. In the past two years, commercial vendors have embraced open source for selected products. The latest is Sun Microsystems Inc., which last week released the code to StarOffice."

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