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InfoWorld: Panelists Consider the 'Business Case' for Open-Source

Oct 03, 2002, 10:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stacy Cowley)

"Two years ago Merrill Lynch executive Robert Lefkowitz became intrigued with Linux and decided to install the open-source operating system on his PC at work. The company's higher powers took exception to that, and, invoking Merrill Lynch's policy against unauthorized software installations, confiscated the computer. It took Lefkowitz six weeks of explaining to reclaim his PC. He left Merrill Lynch soon after.

"But then, last year, Merrill Lynch's executives became intrigued themselves with the possibilities of open-source software -- and they recruited Lefkowitz to return to the firm as head of its open-source development.

"Lefkowitz joined executives from IBM and Red Hat Tuesday for a panel discussion on 'The Business Case for Open Source Software,' organized by Manhattan law firm Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler LLP, whose practice includes work on intellectual property issues. Around two dozen attendees gathered for the discussion of how enterprises are using open-source products and the benefits and challenges those early adopters are encountering..."

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