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The Dravis Group: Linux, Inc. A Survey on Open Source Software

Dec 30, 2002, 22:00 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard V. Dragan)

"We believe both Linux and open source software are changing the agendas of technology providers and users alike. Interest is global and, in some countries, the discussion of open source versus proprietary software has entered into the realm of political debate. Fueling confusion is a technology industry coming to terms with the implications of open source software, along with competitive rhetoric. Some suggest there is significant risk in pursuing open source strategies, while others believe it increases the democratization of computing.

"Factors driving adoption include 1) Linux's similarity to the UNIX operating system, along with leverage gained by its availability on the Intel platform, 2) an increased focus on lowering technology expenses, 3) access to a global community of software developers, and 4) desires to reduce Microsoft from leveraging its desktop monopoly into other areas of technology...

"Our report highlights initiatives by leading hardware and software providers, while addressing the breadth of commercial use, and intends to broaden the discussion of this important topic..."

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