"A: We were a CD-ROM publisher for a few years. We got involved
with Linux rather early on, in 1993, a year after we had started
the company. Then our involvement with Linux grew until about 1996
or 1997, when we decided to focus all of our efforts on
"Q: What does the open-source model represent?"
"A You can look at the open-source model from at least two
standpoints -- as a business model and as a development model. It
makes more sense to look at it just from the development model,
because there are several different business models that can take
advantage of open-source software techniques in their business.
But, if we look at it from a development standpoint, what you have
is really a vast army of users, programmers and contributors to the
Linux operating system. That additionally extends beyond the core
operating system to applications."
"That's why being open is so important, because it lets
other people fiddle around with your code and actually fix it or
improve it. Incrementally, the software improves quite dramatically
over a period of time."
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