internetnews.com: Open Source as Weapon
Jun 18, 2004, 19:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Susan Kuchinskas)
"It seems like every major software maker has gotten open source
religion, with Sun Microsystems now considering opening its Solaris
code and Microsoft posting some source code into a Linux lair.
"Experts tick off compelling reasons why a vendor of
closed-source software might release code: to make the product more
ubiquitous, speed development, get fresh ideas from outside the
company, to complement a core revenue stream, foster a new
technology--and to stymie a competitor.
"In fact, giving away some free company IP can go a long way
toward making someone else's IP worth beans..."