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IT Manager's Journal: Why Open Distribution is the Real Promise of Open Source

Jun 17, 2004, 00:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Asay)

"The White Rabbit has beckoned us down the wrong rabbit hole. Much has been made about the open source revolution, and with good reason. The open source development model produces superior software.

"But, in my estimation, the real promise of open source lies not in open source, but rather in open distribution. The fact is, few customers ever look at source code, and even fewer modify it. In most cases, modification violates vendor support contracts, anyway, so customers have little incentive to poking around in the source..."

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