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FreeOS.com: Open Source is here to stay

Jan 07, 2001, 17:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Trevor Warren)

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"The Open Source model of software development has churned out some truly remarkable pieces of software. There is no dearth of examples of excellent pieces of Open Source software, right from Apache, which is one of the most widely used web servers, to Sendmail, which is responsible for transporting billions of email messages around the world, every day. These are some of the most common and widely used Open Source software that have found their way into the hearts of many System Administrators world-wide. In a world dominated by Closed Source, let's take a look at the significance of Open Source software and the role it plays."

"The proponents of Open Source are extremely committed people, for the simple reason that if you know about Open Source, the way it works and if you have ever benefited from it in one way or another, you will find yourself obligated to do something in return to foster the growth of Open Source and the community as a whole. Let's take the example of the various LUG's (Linux Users Group) that operate via e-mail in the form of Mailing Lists world-wide. The concept of the LUG is to bring about awareness on various issues and provide a forum for discussion on various topics regarding Open Source with Linux being the central theme. Apart from discussing issues related to Open Source, quite often LUG members also help out people who are stuck with a tricky problem on their Linux boxes. The mailing list has people who are experienced in several fields and that makes the concept of the LUG all the more interesting. It pools together the resources of the community to help any Linux user requiring assistance."

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