atNewYork.com: O-STEP Seeks to Step Up Open Source Transition
Mar 13, 2003, 01:00 (6 Talkback[s])
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"Stepping up to give software makers a push to open source their
products, The Center of Open Source & Government Tuesday
unveiled the Open Source Threshold Escrow Program, or O-STEP.
"Affiliated with the The Cyber Security Policy & Research
Institute and The George Washington University, The Center of Open
Source & Government intends the program to provide software
makers with competitive incentives that will help them transition
to the Open Source model.
"The essential idea is that traditional proprietary software
companies will escrow their source code with the Center until a
sales threshold--set by the company--is reached. Once the sales
threshold is hit, the code escrow breaks and the code is released
to the open source community..."