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PC Week: Making certain open source stays open

Mar 30, 1999, 23:45 (2 Talkback[s])

"Open-source software is a defining topic on this year's enterprise IT agenda. Its most ardent proponents promise that open-source efforts will deliver standard platforms, lower costs, productive innovation and improved product reliability. The fulfillment of the promise depends on whether vendors accept the logic behind the open-source efforts.

"Vendors are eager to acquire the halo effect of combining their names with the phrase "open source." The value of their pronouncements ranges from substantial to meaningless, depending on whether vendors are ready to discard--or at least question--long-held beliefs about the role of intellectual property as an asset..."

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