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Upside: OpenSales enters untamed territory

Mar 08, 2000, 20:44 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Williams)

"Open source and free software proponents have long played up the parallels between their community-based development model and the scientific community's own experimental and theoretical discovery processes, especially in regard to the issues of open publication and peer review. Ferber, who has spent time in both camps, is quick to back up such comparisons. "The two cultures are very similar in many ways," he says...."

"Untamed territory" is a good way to describe Ferber's latest venture. OpenSales is attempting to jump start its own open source project in situ, rather than latching onto a pre-existing volunteer-driven project as companies in the Linux and Apache fields have done."

"OpenSales is also attempting to plant the flag of its project, dubbed OpenMerchant, in the e-commerce applications realmm -- an area considered well beyond the pale of current open source viability. Until OpenMerchant, the only other major open source e-commerce tool on the Net had been the MiniVend online shopping cart program created by Mike Heins. "

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