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PC Week: Open-source fever spreads

Dec 13, 1999, 15:49 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jim Rapoza)

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"In its 15-year existence, Open-Source Software has shaken up the markets for Unix utilities, Internet servers and, most notably, operating systems. Now it is headed for a market where its impact could be even greater: high-level corporate Web applications."

"PC Week Labs evaluated a prebeta version of perhaps the first e-commerce application to be offered as open source code: OpenSales Inc.'s OpenMerchant, an e-commerce development application released under a GPL (general public license)...."

"This release by OpenSales-a progeny of idealab, a Silicon Valley startup generator-will lower the barrier to entry for companies interested in advanced customization of open-source Web applications."

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