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Network World: Open source moves beyond the server

Dec 25, 2000, 14:12 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Deni Connor)

"Vendors are increasingly using publicly available software to build commercial products or are developing products, and in the spirit of open source, giving them away. The upshot for customers is that these products are often less expensive than their counterparts, and because they are built on open source, they gain from the collective development smarts of the open source community. In addition, they can be altered as users see fit."

"Forrester Research says companies are overcoming fears of relying on open source products in their networks. The research firm estimates that more than 55% of the world's 2,500 biggest firms use open source software, with almost a quarter using the software in production systems...."

"But small vendors aren't the only ones rallying around open source technologies. Plenty of big companies, IBM and Sun for instance, have thrown their weight behind technologies such as Linux and Apache. They are also adopting the open source model in a broader sense."

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