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The Guardian Online: Free software survives downturn

Jan 10, 2002, 16:03 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glyn Mody)

[ Thanks to Paul for this link. ]

"Against this dismal background, it might seem that open source was just another passing fad of those crazy dotcom days, destined to be consigned to the cyber dustbin of history along with push technology and portals. But closer inspection reveals a rather different picture.

While it is true that, almost without exception, the new free software businesses are having a tough time, this does not mean that open source is fading from the commercial computer scene. If anything, its profile there is higher now than ever before.

This is largely due to the uptake of free software by traditional computer companies, sometimes on a massive scale. For example, in December 2000, IBM's chairman and chief executive officer, Lou Gerstner, announced: 'We're going to invest nearly $1bn in Linux next year. Fifteen hundred IBM developers are dedicated to Linux-enabling our products and services.'"

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