"In addition to Moore's Law and Metcalfe's Law (about
the exponential increase in chip power and network value), the
Internet economy is characterised by four new laws, said
Bernard Lang, founder of AFUL (Association for French-speaking
Users of Linux). The Law of Self-Organisation... The Law of
Unlimited Effects... The Law of Large Numbers... And the Law of
Zero Marginal Cost..."
"Many of these laws have been effectively played out in the
synergistic explosion of the Internet and of the Linux
movement. "The economics of the software industry are
changing," said Ed Lynch, marketing head of Linux initiatives at
IBM, which has participating in the open source movement in a big
way through contributions of skills and technology in over 60
online community groups."
"The community-based open source way of developing software
is a paradigm shift," Lynch said. It unleashes programming
talent on a global scale, and dramatically increases the rate of
innovation for features ranging from software patches to security
plugs. The acceptance of Linux is strong in the "fringes" and
cutting-edge sectors of the Internet, but has begun moving swiftly
into the enterprise as well."
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