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ZDNet: Open-source backers: Are you afraid?

Dec 07, 2000, 19:36 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Jo Foley)

"...Companies such as IBM, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Intel -- and even Unix cheerleader Sun Microsystems, to some extent, with its StarOffice/StarPortal effort -- increasingly have been talking up open source as the cure for almost any and every customer ill."

"Throughout 2000, these vendors have thrown more and more money, resources, and people at open source. They've built open-source centers and provided venture backing to open-source companies. They've consulted with open-source leaders on how to avoid violating the principles behind open source. Earlier this week, HP hired long-time open-source backer Bruce Perens as a strategic advisor to the company, in an effort to step up its Linux initiatives."

"Be very afraid?"

"So, why aren't open-source purists afraid of being co-opted by big companies? If they are fearful that the Dells, IBMs and HPs might end up dictating to them, they sure aren't saying so."

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