Computerworld: Open Source's Open Door
Jul 03, 2002, 13:00 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)
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"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..."