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Globe and Mail: Global geeks bet on open source

Jan 31, 2001, 21:16 (2 Talkback[s])

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"A number of people were taken aback when a variety of Microsoft Web sites, including the main microsoft.com site, temporarily disappeared last week. After all, here is a company trying to convince the corporate sector that it has what it takes to support mission-critical business applications on the Web."

"Whatever the cause of the original problem, it did reignite a debate that rages constantly in the world of the computer geeks: If a company can't keep its own Web properties up and running, how can it hope to convince others?"

"That debate goes to the heart of one hidden truth of the Internet: The vast majority of hard-core computer geeks don't use the Microsoft product for their Internet servers and other infrastructure. They use a variety of open-source software, all of which is developed on-line through a sort of global community effort -- and all of which is available for free."

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