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ZDNet UK: Riding on the open source wagon

Nov 01, 2000, 15:49 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Jo Foley)

"In a market overflowing with Internet-enabled applications, vendors increasingly are counting on the magic words "open source" to attract venture capitalist, partner and customer interest. But are software vendors using open source merely as a way to stand out from the crowd? Or do open source versions of applications merit consideration above and beyond the buzzword factor?"

"Akopia, for example, is billing itself as "the world's leading provider of open source e-commerce software and services." OpenSales -- which rebranded itself on Wednesday as Zelerate -- is making an almost identical claim, saying it is "the leading provider of open source e-commerce applications". Long-time real-time operating system vendor Lynx Realtime Systems recently renamed itself LynuxWorks to reflect its focus on embedded Linux."

"Akopia, which last week announced an updated version of its Interchange open-source e-commerce platform, says it is betting on open source to be more than a mere product differentiator. ... Zelerate, which also markets an open source e-commerce suite called AllCommerce, cites similar benefits stemming from its open source heritage. The company was founded in 1998 by a former eToys vice president who found open source to be the most stable and reliable way to develop and deploy software, according to a company spokesman."

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