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IDC: Patents Inhibit Open Source Adoption

Aug 01, 2007, 14:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

[ Thanks to smk for this link. ]

"Apparently patents do matter when it comes to open source software adoption.

"In a teleconference preview ahead of next week's LinuxWorld conference, Matthew Lawton, director of IDC's Worldwide Software Business Strategies Group, revealed the results of a non-public survey of IT end users about their attitudes toward software in general and open source in particular.

"'The potential for copyright and patent infringement is the No. 1 inhibitor right now for organizations in adopting more open source software in their organization,' Lawton said in the afternoon conference call. 'Close behind that is the availability of support...'"

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