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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..."

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