"...We've shown that there are a number of motivations
for both traditional IT vendors and developers to get involved in
open source. But ultimately, market forces will determine the
outcome. In this case, time is on the side of open source.
Historically, market economies favor monopolies when
infrastructure is needed. Consider the history of AT&T,
utilities or railroads in America. But the infrastructure building
period ends at some point--and we are rapidly approaching that
point in the software industry.
Today, most of the Internet runs on open-source software. BIND,
the software that allows computers and Web sites to have names
instead of numbers, is open source. So is the aforementioned
Apache, the Web server that runs 67 percent of the Web sites in the
world. So, if you've bet your business on the Internet in any way,
you've already bet your business on open-source software."