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Free Software is Good for Business

Sep 14, 2007, 16:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Hillesley)

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"Not so long ago the common wisdom was that free and open source software would grow strongly in the market for infrastructure software--operating systems, databases and web servers that have a generic applicability across all markets--but that non-free software would continue to dominate in the realm of vertical markets--where applications fulfill a specific role in a specialised commercial environment.

"This view, which is still held by many, was based on the assumption that the 'hobbyist' programmers who initiated many of the more famous free software projects tended to pursue sexier and more immediate objectives, and that many areas of applications software development would be ignored as a result..."

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