InfoWorld: Open source software braces for another big year

“After a year of high-profile gains for open source software,
around 50 developers gathered at their second annual open source
summit meeting here Friday, where they talked about where the
movement is headed and how to keep it growing.”

“The applications won’t be like today’s desktop software, but
complex Internet applications that allow businesses to offer online
services of the type offered by Amazon.com and eBay, said Tim
O’Reilly, founder and president of O’Reilly & Associates, a
publishing company that sponsored the summit.”

“Corporate sponsorship makes it easier to distribute bug fixes
and upgrades to users who aren’t close to the core developer
community, increases the profile of open source, and throws a bit
of money in the direction of open source developers, many of whom
have day jobs and program code at night, they said.”

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