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InfoWorld: Boon or Bust?

Mar 22, 2003, 04:00 (10 Talkback[s])
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"Occasionally, I hear from readers who fear that the rise of open-source software will cause the decline of the programming profession in the United States . The logic goes something like this: The availability of open source in developing countries will increase the training of programmers in those countries. These new programmers, dwelling in nations with a much lower cost of living, will sell their services to American companies for a fraction of the cost of an American programmer.

"The net result will be a migration of U.S. programming jobs to developing countries, while American programmers are forced to take jobs as toll booth operators and retail sales people. In this way, these readers contend, open source will destroy the American programming industry..."

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