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CNET News.com: Al Gore's site moves a sign of the times

Apr 09, 1999, 15:29 (2 Talkback[s])

"Call it a sign of the high-tech times. But how far will it go? It's one thing when computer companies like Apple, Silicon Graphics, or Sun Microsystems try to tap into the energy of a collection of avid, self-motivated programmers. But a presidential candidate declaring his Web site open source?"

""Before you know it, Crystal Geyser is going to be open source water," quipped Michael Tiemann, cofounder of Cygnus Solutions, a company that has written much of the open source compilers essential to the Linux operating system."

"Under the open source development model, the original programming instructions for a piece of software are made freely available for anyone to modify or use. The model has proven successful in debugging and advancing Linux and software that accompanies the Unix-like operating system. It that realm, programmers often are motivated not by money but by the recognition they get for contributing to the effort."

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