"Are big corporations learning the lessons of the Open
Source movement? We recently talked with Eric Raymond, author of
The Cathedral and the Bazaar, and Tim O'Reilly about corporate
America's deepening infatuation with open source technologies and
"Eric Raymond: I think it's a harbinger of several important
trends. One is that IBM, like many other software producers, is
recognizing the increased reliability and performance and other
desirable features that you get from decentralized peer review.
Economically I think it means IBM has also figured out that
operating systems is a bad business to be in these days."
"Tim O'Reilly: Yeah, I always loved Bob Young's remark that he
was really trying to shrink the size of the operating system
market. And I think, in fact, that that's just one of the key
concepts that I think Open Source has really brought into the
frame: Software is becoming a smaller part of the overall picture,
and you've got to somehow have a strategy that goes beyond just
selling your bits."
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