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osOpinion: Net vs. Market and an Idea Called Open Source

Sep 11, 2000, 06:40 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cvetan Pavloski)

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"In 1991 Linus Torvalds gave birth to Linux. In late 1998 the world started to see Linux as more than a niche OS. What happened next was the real shock, a shock to the whole economic system that would forever change the way people do business and why business is done. That avalanche, started by Linux, opened the door for Open Source Software (OSS) to become viable in the world of business. Sure, most of us reading this column knew about Linux before the press started noticing, or we were using OSS like Apache or FreeBSD, but little did we know of the door that would begin to creek open."

"What I will discuss here has a lot to do with business, economy, and predictions of the future. As I don my pointy hat and grab my penguin shaped magic wand, we will first look at the current market based economy, and watch as it slowly transforms into a network based economy. Early this year market analysts predicted that the tech heavy NASDAQ had a good chance to overtake the Dow industrial average. A couple of months later was, literally, when it all came crashing down, and those same analysts began chewing on their fine leather shoes as their feet ended up in their mouths...."

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