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CIO Insight: Open Source Goes Mainstream

Jun 18, 2002, 23:30 (9 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Bryan Campbell for this link. ]

"You need one more decision on your desk, right? One more of those CIO issues that go beyond technology into the messy realms of people and politics and philosophy. Well, it will be hard to escape this one: open source software—in particular, the operating system known as Linux. Created by Helsinki University student Linus Torvalds in 1991, and developed and still maintained over the Internet by thousands of hackers worldwide, Linux is now said to have the fastest market growth rate of any operating system in the world. Moreover, chances are good that even if you've never officially signed off on Linux, someone in your shop is experimenting with it right under your nose.

"To get a better idea of what this means for CIOs, CIO Insight Deputy Editor Terry A. Kirkpatrick recently convened a roundtable of nine experts to chat about it—corporate IT execs who have deployed Linux, analysts who have studied it, and vendors of both open and proprietary software..."

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