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Processor.com: The Significance Of Open Source

Jul 15, 2003, 02:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Russell C. Pavlicek)

[ Thanks to Russell C Pavlicek for this link. ]

"Lots of people are talking about open source software these days. In the IT industry, it is rapidly becoming a buzzword. In the mainline media, the term is beginning to appear worldwide in everything from The New York Times to network television. It appeared in the hype surrounding many dot-com companies whose stock soared through the roof only to come crashing down months later. And it is also appearing on the lips of competitors who are trying to dissuade IT managers from becoming enamored with its promises.

"But what is open source really? And what is its value to business? Once you peel away the bluster, bravado, and the misconceptions, what is really left to the concept of open source software?

"Let's begin by considering a few things that open source is not..."

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