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The Worth of Open Source? Open Question

Jun 26, 2007, 16:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Aaron Ricadela)

"For all the success of open-source software--developers the world over flock to the code available freely over the Internet--its purveyors able to thrive as public companies are few. Linux operating system seller Red Hat has generated billions in value for investors, but its shares have slipped 3% in the past year amid new competition. Novell, which supports a version of Linux, has been criticized for striking a cooperation deal with Microsoft seen by many as a threat to the spread of Linux.

"That small community of open-source stocks may soon be widening. MySQL, a fast-growing maker of database software used by some of the Internet's most recognized brands, is preparing to file for an initial public offering, perhaps as soon as late 2007..."

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