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Open source's ardent admirers take but don't give

Aug 15, 2010, 19:03 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Asay)

"Open source went mainstream long ago. It's a pity, then, that it's still so poorly understood by many of its most ardent admirers.

"For example, ask a gaggle of IT executives, as Accenture recently did, why they're heavily adopting open-source software — and adopting heavily, they are: 50 per cent of those surveyed are "fully committed" to open source, while 69 per cent plan to up their investment in open source, and a full 38 per cent plan to migrate mission-critical software to open-source alternatives in 2010.

"...Great numbers, right? Well, yes — until we add in one additional data point: 29 per cent are unwilling to contribute back their code modifications to the relevant communities."

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