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Salon: Free Software Project: How Big Blue fell for Linux

Sep 12, 2000, 06:20 (1 Talkback[s])

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"When open-source developers and IBM took gambles on each other, free software showed it can flourish in the heartland of corporate computing."

"Corporations involved in the software industry are exploring open-source software, some with the enthusiasm of bodysurfers losing themselves in the roaring surf, others with the timidity of diffident waders in a lagoon full of sharks. They are by no means unified in their approach as an industry sector, or even internally within a single company. But there are executives and engineers at all of these companies who believe that an extraordinarily clear business case can be made for open-source software: Figure out how to make it your friend, before it starts dancing on your grave."

"To see this process in action, you don't need to look further than the computer industry's venerable giant, IBM -- which has become perhaps the best corporate friend open-source software has ever had."

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