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San Francisco Chronicle: Open Source's Untapped Potential

Apr 19, 2004, 20:30 (3 Talkback[s])
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"The growing popularity of the Linux operating system has drawn attention to a style of software development in which volunteers, collaborating over the Internet, can create programs that are cheaper, even arguably better, than those that emerge from paid staffers working at high-tech firms.

"Now a new book argues that the style of development dubbed open source--so-called because the working innards, or source code, are published freely--has the potential to revolutionize not just the software and high-tech industries, but biotechnology, publishing and other fields..."

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