"Hewlett Packard (HP) chief executive Carly Fiorina said she
is backing the open source movement, challenging the chief
executives of Microsoft and Sun Microsystems to clarify their
strategy in the area."
"In her keynote speech at researcher Gartner's Symposium/ITxpo
in Florida, Fiorina said: "The open source movement is natural,
inevitable and creates huge benefits. It's part of the next wave of
computing, and that will involve participants and users within the
industry in open source."
"Fiorina followed up her comments - HP's most forceful
endorsement of the open source movement to date - with a challenge
to Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer and Sun chief executive
Scott McNealy to clarify their position on the subject. Both
executives are speaking at the conference later this week."
"Fiorina had earlier questioned the "openness" of an industry
group involving Microsoft, IBM and Ariba that aims to create an
online database of web-based businesses."
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