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CNET/Yahoo!: Open-source approach fades in tough times

Nov 20, 2001, 17:13 (22 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)
"The ideological purity of the open-source software movement is being diluted by a new era of pragmatism as start-ups adjust to the economic slump.

Open-source describes a collaborative method of developing software by freely sharing programming code, with no single company owning the rights. For many proponents the ultimate goal of such projects is to harness thousands of diverse developers to compete better with software titan Microsoft, with the Linux (news - web sites) operating system being the most visible example.

On the business end, companies typically seek customers with the free software and derive revenue by selling services and support.

But that's proved easier said than done."

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