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Apr 15, 1999, 00:38 (1 Talkback[s])
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"When Microsoft President Steve Ballmer uttered the words 'open source' - without sneering - last week, software developers around the world took heart."

"The day after Ballmer's speech, Microsoft program managers and vice presidents began to backpedal, saying that Microsoft source code will not be released any time soon. But Ballmer's musings provided one of the strongest indications yet that the open-source movement, for all its anarchic struggles and internal contradictions, could shape the future of software development."

"Open-source projects like the Linux operating system are different from proprietary software in that the source code to the software is free for anyone to copy, tinker with and improve upon, as long as the improvements are made available to the rest of the development community."

"Companies like Microsoft, on the other hand, keep their source code a closely kept secret, giving developers pre-set building blocks on which to base their programs."

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