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ZDNet: Open source code: A corporate building block

May 14, 2001, 22:37 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles Babcock)

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This column maintains that despite the adoration of the alterna-crowd, open source software is picking up momentum in corporations: "the pierced, tattoo[ed] crowd has been a little bit taboo to the buttoned-down IT manager. Now the open source tools have gotten so powerful, they have spilled over into traditional IT," said Darin Andersen, president of Ready Set Net, a Web site building firm that frequently uses open source code."

...Sure, plenty of reservations linger. With one or two exceptions, open source code continues to be held at arm's length by information technology (IT) managers who believe it's fine on their Web or domain name servers, but they don't let it get too much of a foot in the corporate door.

After all, they ask, if it's developed on a volunteer basis, it's free and support depends on an appeal to an invisible crowd, then how can it be any good?

But more and more enterprises are proving that it is just as good as, or better than, commercial code. And that despite the traditions and culture clashes between the open source community and commercial enterprise, there's an increasing need for merging the best of both worlds and running a mix of the two.

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