"In a market overflowing with Internet-enabled applications,
vendors increasingly are counting on the magic words "open source"
to attract venture capitalist, partner and customer interest. But
are software vendors using open source merely as a way to stand out
from the crowd? Or do open source versions of applications merit
consideration above and beyond the buzzword factor?"
"Akopia, for example, is billing itself as "the world's leading
provider of open source e-commerce software and services."
OpenSales -- which rebranded itself on Wednesday as Zelerate -- is
making an almost identical claim, saying it is "the leading
provider of open source e-commerce applications". Long-time
real-time operating system vendor Lynx Realtime Systems recently
renamed itself LynuxWorks to reflect its focus on embedded
"Akopia, which last week announced an updated version of its
Interchange open-source e-commerce platform, says it is betting on
open source to be more than a mere product differentiator. ...
Zelerate, which also markets an open source e-commerce suite called
AllCommerce, cites similar benefits stemming from its open source
heritage. The company was founded in 1998 by a former eToys vice
president who found open source to be the most stable and reliable
way to develop and deploy software, according to a company
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