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Information Week: The Case For Open Source

Dec 05, 2000, 20:38 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bill Portelli)

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"At first glance, it seems ludicrous for a software company to give away its source code-its most precious commodity. In reality, the open-source development process, when combined with the Web, offers significant advantages for entire companies, independent software programmers, and users alike. Open source is a development model where the source code for an application or product is freely available for others to view, modify, and redistribute."

"Once limited to programming hobbyists, open source now plays a starring role in the global business arena. The transformation has enhanced competition and inspired new heights of innovation. Even companies that use proprietary software and licenses are integrating the concepts of open-source development."

"There are many examples of the pervasiveness of open-source development and its impact on the Internet: Linux now powers 20% of business infrastructures; the Apache Web server conveys information from more than 60% of Web sites into our homes and offices; and Netscape has leveraged Mozilla, the open-source version of its Web browser, to capture market share and rapidly add features."

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