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PC Week: Open source: Innocence lost?

Jun 28, 1999, 08:31 (2 Talkback[s])
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"At many corporations, open-source software products such as Linux have risen to strategic prominence with the speedy pace of a child prodigy entering college."

"It's no wonder why. With access to source code, organizations seeking to build quick, responsive electronic businesses can take control of their IT environments, tuning Linux and other open-source products to operate 24-by-7. Time and money once spent lobbying vendors for new features, waiting for development, and tracking down the latest bug and virus fixes can now be devoted to hiring and training the best Linux developers available to maintain and evolve the corporate network."

"But just as quickly as open source ascended, it may now be coming to an end. With the recent rapid success of open source generally--and Linux in particular--corporate interests have begun to loom over the movement, influencing standards, twisting licensing plans and generally co-opting many of the key principles of open source."

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