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Austraian Financial Review: Open Source Comes to Maturity

Apr 01, 2003, 15:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Crowe)

[ Thanks to Con Zymaris for this link. ]

"Five years ago, Amazon.com ran one of the world's biggest internet operations on proprietary technology from well-known suppliers.

"Now it runs an even bigger business on open source technology--the so-called free software that represents one of the biggest trends in computing.

"The company takes millions of orders using the free Linux operating system, the free Apache web server and a free scripting language, as well as two technologies that aren't so free: Hewlett-Packard servers and the Oracle database.

"That compares to 1998, when the company used more expensive Alpha servers from Digital, including Digital's proprietary operating system, as well as web software from Netscape and a scripting language developed by Amazon itself..."

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