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Santa Rosa Press-Democrat: Q&A: 'Open Source' Software Benefits All

Jul 31, 2003, 08:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"CJ Rayhill is CEO and executive vice president at O'Reilly and Associates of Sebastopol, which drew 1,700 people to a conference on the growing movement among software developers to share their code.

"PRESS DEMOCRAT: Say I have a PC with Windows and I think that I have all that I need. How does sharing software code, or the so-called 'Open Source' movement, benefit me?

"RAYHILL: I no longer think of my personal computer as the centerpiece of my productivity. The Internet has now become the operating system. As such, my personal computer is merely a device which allows me to access the vast information, services and software that exist within this huge mass of interlinked computers. Open Source software has been, and will continue to be, a fundamental component in the Internet infrastructure that you and I access every day. In that sense, it is essential to each of us. As far as operating my personal desktop/laptop computer, there are more 'Open Source' options available to me today than ever before. And they are beginning to rival or exceed other, commercially available products..."

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