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DevX: Opening Source: The Ultimate Customer Security Blanket

Mar 25, 2004, 20:30 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Recently my company, Desaware, decided to release the source code for our component products--and in doing so found ourselves suddenly directly involved in the open source vs. closed source debate.

"I suppose it's not surprising--along with privacy and intellectual property rights, open source will be one of the defining debates of this decade, the results of which will impact each of our careers (not to mention the profitability of corporations like Microsoft).

"It's likely to disappoint ideologs on both sides of the open source debate, but I must confess that our reasoning for releasing source code was about as far from ideology as you can get. We did it, simply, because that's what customers wanted. Or to be specific--over the past year we found increasing numbers of potential customers walking away simply because they would not, or were not allowed to, use third-party components at all..."

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