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Silicon.com: Devil's Advocate: Why Microsoft Should Be Happy About Open Source

Feb 18, 2004, 00:15 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Martin Brampton)

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"Large organisations tend to buy technology from the biggest IT companies. For everyone, though, there are benefits to being sure that alternatives are available. The Mono project is a particularly interesting example of how open source is keeping Microsoft on its toes.

"Mono was initially supported by Ximian, which is now part of Novell. It is well on the way to building an open source version of Microsoft's .Net development platform. This is only one part of the whole, somewhat diffuse, .Net programme but it is a particularly important one.

"There are a number of reasons why open source is the only way to achieve something like this..."

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