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Computerworld: Open Source's Open Door

Jul 03, 2002, 13:00 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

"As most of you know, much of success has to do with being in the right place at the right time. A golden opportunity is about to emerge, thanks to consumer advocates and a horde of greedy lawyers, and open source will once again be in the right place at the right time to exploit this opportunity.

"Before I get to the external circumstances I have in mind, it's important to note that open source is earning many wins on its own. A Pentagon report found Linux and open source to be innovating more quickly than proprietary competition, as well as more robust and less vulnerable to cyberattacks.

"Naturally, Microsoft's response has been to lobby the Pentagon against open source, but it will be an uphill battle. IBM has been selling Linux into the U.S. Air Force, the Federal Aviation Administration and the departments of Agriculture, Defense and Energy, and I don't see the momentum slowing anytime soon..."

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