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CNET News.com: AOL releases open-source software

Jul 10, 1999, 20:56 (3 Talkback[s])
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"America Online, taking a page from now-subsidiary Netscape Communications, has released a key piece of software to the open-source community.

America Online yesterday opened up the software that powers much of its Web site, AOLserver 3.0, using the very same terms under which Netscape released its browser in early 1998. ... In the past, AOLserver has been available for free, but not the source code..."

"The move also is another indication of the increasing comfort among corporations with the concept of open-source software, which is dramatically different from the proprietary philosophy that is more dominant in corporations today. ... Open-source advocates applauded AOL's move. 'It's a good thing,' said Roy Fielding, chairman of another open-source Web server project, the Apache Software Foundation."

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