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The Economist: Open, But Not as Usual

Mar 17, 2006, 16:00 (4 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to agalvanr for this link. ]

"Every time internet users search on Google, shop at Amazon or trade on eBay, they rely on open-source software--products that are often built by volunteers and cost nothing to use. More than two-thirds of websites are hosted using Apache, an open-source product that trounces commercial rivals. Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia with around 2.6m entries in more than 120 languages, gets more visitors each day than the New York Times's site, yet is created entirely by the public. There is even an open-source initiative to develop drugs to treat diseases in poor countries.

"The 'open-source' process of creating things is quickly becoming a threat--and an opportunity--to businesses of all kinds..."

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