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Open source used to be the John Lennon of computing

May 28, 2011, 06:04 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cyrille Comar)

"In fact the naysayers thought that it wouldn't hold enough interest to recruit widespread membership from engineers and developers. How has the open source community gone from that to being as strong as it is today?

"Firstly, pilot successes. Trailblazing projects are always a must when it comes to breaking the mould; there have been many in the open source world - Linux, GCC to name but two are good examples of long lasting community-based projects

"Secondly, Business Oriented Visibility. For big corporations such as IBM or Google, creating an open-source community around Eclipse or Android has been both an extremely effective marketing vehicle for their chosen technology as well as a way of reducing the burden of maintaining and developing it."

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