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ZDNet UK: Open Source Behind Closed Doors

Nov 28, 2005, 18:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ingrid Marson)

Why Open Source Projects are Not Publicised

"'Lots of companies are using our products, they just aren't talking about it,' is a popular excuse from software companies, particularly those that offer open source software and services.

"Deployment of open source software, particularly in the private sector, often appears to be a clandestine activity, with few companies prepared to discuss their involvement..."

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Open source projects: Why It Pays to Keep Quiet

"Large companies and analysts that work with open source are fond of talking about vendor 'sensitivity' when they are explaining why some customers are reluctant to go public about migrations away from proprietary software.

"Speaking at an OASIS conference in London, Erwin Tenhumberg, a product marketing manager at Sun's Client Systems Group said that organisations are reluctant to talk about migrations to open source because they 'do not want to jeopardise their relationship with larger vendors...'"

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