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LinuxPlanet: Open Source: A Way of Developing, Distributing, and Licensing Software

Aug 25, 2005, 20:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ibrahim Haddad)

"Since the beginning of the software industry, nearly every software company in the world has followed the same business model: developed software by the company's own employees, closely held intellectual property, delivered software in binary format to clients, and licensed software to users to run on their own computers. Today, however, that model is being challenged by a new paradigm: open source. Developed and maintained by volunteers, distributed to users at no cost, and available in source code form, it is radically different from proprietary counterpart. Each of the new characteristics of the open source software forces organizations to develop new ways of thinking about how they procure, implement, test, and deploy software..."

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