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CNET News.com: Macromedia to use "exchanges" to aid software development; limited open source move

Nov 13, 2000, 20:03 (0 Talkback[s])

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"With the release of its new Web-building software, Macromedia is taking a page from the open-source programming model to stimulate third-party development of new features." ... While Macromedia will focus on the applications' bells and whistles, of perhaps more lasting importance is the company's new emphasis on its "exchange" sites, where both Macromedia and independent software developers can post extensions to Macromedia products and download extensions other developers have posted."

"Macromedia said the exchange concept bore a limited comparison to the open-source programming model, in which a software title's underlying source code is published, anyone can contribute to the coding, and the resulting product is made available for free and licensed use.

"People contribute to Exchange for the 15 minutes of fame because they want to be recognized within the community," said Eric Ott, product manager for Dreamweaver. "It's the same idea behind why open source works and it's so successful. But some groups are creating solutions that they are going to sell. This is such a big strategy that there is going to be some selling of these things."

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