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FreeOS.com: Report from the Global Internet Summit in Yokohama

Sep 30, 2000, 16:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Madanmohan Rao)

[ Thanks to Mayank for this link. ]

"In addition to Moore's Law and Metcalfe's Law (about the exponential increase in chip power and network value), the Internet economy is characterised by four new laws, said Bernard Lang, founder of AFUL (Association for French-speaking Users of Linux). The Law of Self-Organisation... The Law of Unlimited Effects... The Law of Large Numbers... And the Law of Zero Marginal Cost..."

"Many of these laws have been effectively played out in the synergistic explosion of the Internet and of the Linux movement. "The economics of the software industry are changing," said Ed Lynch, marketing head of Linux initiatives at IBM, which has participating in the open source movement in a big way through contributions of skills and technology in over 60 online community groups."

"The community-based open source way of developing software is a paradigm shift," Lynch said. It unleashes programming talent on a global scale, and dramatically increases the rate of innovation for features ranging from software patches to security plugs. The acceptance of Linux is strong in the "fringes" and cutting-edge sectors of the Internet, but has begun moving swiftly into the enterprise as well."

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