"Many programmers are holding out for the day when e-businesses
can run using only open source products. A new standard may end the
"There has been much excitement recently about the open source
movement, with many media outlets treating it as a new phenomenon.
The Internet itself, however, is built on open source software.
From TCP/IP to the Perl scripting language and the popular email
server Sendmail, most of the Net's core technologies are public
domain, open source products. Citing this, some programmers and
software developers now argue that Internet business technologies
will follow the same evolutionary path."
"So, how long will it be before a Net business is run on only
open source software?..."
"Most key enterprise-class components such as database software
and transaction processing tools remain proprietary products. Even
with the January release of Borland/ Inprise's InterBase database
to the open source community, there has not been an open source
kernel available for long enough-nor a developers' community large
enough, such as the one Linux enjoys-to create a full-featured
product to handle online business needs. Still, the March release
of the Enhydra application server brings businesses one step
closer. Enhydra is an open source version of the crucial software
component that manages the transactions between a company's back
end and its Web site."
"Later this year, Lutris Technologies will offer an enterprise
version designed to handle the complex functions and high traffic
requirements of large e-businesses. The Enhydra release offers
companies an open source alternative for a key strategic piece of
their Web operations."
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