"FOR anyone immersed in the open source world, it is easy to
think of it as the prime driver of competition and, therefore, of
"But for those weaned on buying from a single vendor - whether
that vendor has the best tools or not - open source may be a
revelation and a threat."
"The notion that "no-one ever got fired for buying IBM"
disappeared for a time in the '80s at the start of the mainstream
acceptance of personal computing."
"It re-emerged sometime around the launch of Windows 3.x in the
form of "no-one ever got fired for buying Microsoft"."
"Richard Stallman, the founder of the modern era of Free
Software methodologies, said two weeks ago in Singapore that the
Year 2000 issue could have been largely avoided if it were not for
proprietary software systems hiding the code from scrutiny and bug
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