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ZDNet UK: LinuxWorld: Market slump to pay dividends for Linux - ESR

Feb 02, 2001, 16:04 (13 Talkback[s])
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"Eric Raymond, self-proclaimed open source evangelist and Linux advocate, is not depressed by the state of technology stocks. In fact, he believes now is an ideal moment for companies that are looking to tighten their belts to start using low-cost open source software."

"The programmer, conference speaker and colourful member of open source aristocracy -- his passion for open source is rivalled only by an enthusiasm for guns -- says that companies could gain a financial edge by looking at software for which the source is openly available."

"[Open source] looks like a better proposition than ever," Raymond told ZDNet News at the LinuxWorld show in New York. "Companies need to save money, so they need to stop writing cheques for expensive proprietary software."

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