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CNET News.com: HP releases code to e-commerce software

“Hewlett-Packard has opened up the programming instructions of
its electronic deal-making software and will ultimately release
control over its development, the company said today….”

“Making the software freely available–intended to promote
widespread adoption–is HP’s strategy for winning e-commerce
adherents. Sun, IBM, and other computing rivals have adopted
various plans to win hardware and software customers in the
fast-growing market for products that transact electronic
business.”

To make e-speak “open source,” HP has selected Gnu’s famed
General Public License–the same license under which Linux is
released. The choice has several implications.


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