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O'Reilly Network: An Interview with Eric Raymond and Tim O'Reilly

Feb 19, 2000, 14:45 (1 Talkback[s])
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"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 methodologies."

"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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