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Who uses Linux and Open Source in Business?

Dec 13, 2010, 21:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"Thanks to Glyn Moody, a UK-based technology journalist, I've just learned that Netflix is not only using, but also contributing, to numerous open-source projects. They're in good company.

"As Kevin McEntee, Netflix's VP of Systems & ECommerce Engineering explained on a recent blog posting, Why we use and contribute to open source software, "Our budget, measured in dollars, time, people, and energy, is limited and we must therefore focus our technology development efforts on that streaming video software that clearly differentiates Netflix and creates delight for our customers. These limits require that we stand on the shoulders of giants who have solved technology challenges shared in common by all companies that operate at Internet scale. I'm really just articulating the classical build vs. buy trade off that everyone deals with when developing software.

"McEntree continued, "We do utilize some commercial software but there is often the alternative choice of utilizing open source software, preferably open source software that implements an open standard."

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