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Datamation: Ten Leading Open Source Innovators

Feb 22, 2007, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeff Vance)

"It's a contentious time for the open-source community. Microsoft has partnered with Novell, Oracle is angling for Red Hat's customer base, while Linux is promising to enlarge its influence in the burgeoning market for mobile phones and set-top boxes.

"In the past, any open-source discussion centered on Linux, but now that Linux is a mature, stable operating system, the real innovation is happening elsewhere. As Illuminata analyst Gordon Haff notes, what's most interesting is what happens when the open-source push collides with other technology trends--when it enters the data center, when it drives the virtualization movement, when it changes how software is delivered and monetized, or when it spurs application ecosystems..."

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