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E-Commerce Times: Technology Spotlight: TurboLinux - Interview with Cliff Miller

Apr 05, 2000, 07:02 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Q: What is the background of your company?"

"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 Linux...."

"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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