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Inter@ctive Week: Open code frees up the Net

Oct 22, 1998, 13:52 (0 Talkback[s])

To date, the idea that software developers working within multiple organizations without compensation to call their own could possibly mount a serious challenge to Microsoft's hordes of wealthy or soon-to-be-wealthy programmers -- working from the safe solidity of a near-monopoly in the programs that control the operations of desktop, portable and server computers -- has been scoffed at as the wishful thinking of the company's plentiful but weak detractors.

But a closer look at the record of development of Web-based computing puts the efforts in a much different light. In fact, the free software movement has delivered commercial-quality products in every key component of software infrastructure for computing in a hyperlinked world.

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