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CNET News.com: AOL releases open-source software

“America Online, taking a page from now-subsidiary Netscape
Communications, has released a key piece of software to the
open-source community.

America Online yesterday opened up the software that powers much
of its Web site, AOLserver 3.0, using the very same terms under
which Netscape released its browser in early 1998. … In the past,
AOLserver has been available for free, but not the source
code…”

“The move also is another indication of the increasing comfort
among corporations with the concept of open-source software, which
is dramatically different from the proprietary philosophy that is
more dominant in corporations today. … Open-source advocates
applauded AOL’s move. ‘It’s a good thing,’ said Roy Fielding,
chairman of another open-source Web server project, the Apache
Software Foundation.”

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