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New York Times: New Economy: Open-Source Movement Advances

Jun 04, 2001, 14:00 (28 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Laurie J. Flynn)

The NYT was on hand for RMS's recent speech in New York, and offers a fairly friendly assessment not only of the speech but the broader background context of Craig Mundie's speech and Free Software in general. Style mavens and Gray Lady watchers may be interested to note that for at least this article, the NYT has adopted "GNU-Linux."

"...From all appearances, Microsoft has reason for concern, particularly where corporate clients are concerned. Despite the company's efforts to curb the movement, support for open-source software continues to grow here and abroad, led primarily by I.B.M. In his speech at Stern, Mr. Mundie estimated that at least a dozen countries now had open-source initiatives.

In one of the posted responses to Mr. Mundie's remarks, Eben Moglen, a law professor at Columbia and general counsel for the Free Software Foundation, wrote: "Microsoft, which used to say all the time that the software business was ruthlessly competitive, is now matched against a competitor whose model of production and distribution is so much better that Microsoft stands no chance of prevailing in the long run. They're simply trying to scare people out of dealing with a competitor they can't buy, can't intimidate and can't stop."

GNU-Linux is now the fastest-growing operating system for network-server computers, according to the market researcher IDC. The number of users increased from about 1,000 in 1992 to roughly 9 million last year. Far from the fringe technology it was once considered, GNU-Linux is now firmly entrenched in corporate information-technology departments. I.B.M., which makes its money in this sector by selling machines and services, says it will spend $1 billion on GNU-Linux this year to help make the software a standard."

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