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Boston Daily Globe: Fighting Back [Open Source Will Topple Microsoft with Eclipse]

Nov 07, 2001, 15:07 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Warsh)

[ Thanks to Jeff Nelson for this link. ]

"'The world refuses to be governed badly.'" That was the motto of Sir William Petty, the founding father of political economics. It was his way of saying, a century before Adam Smith codified the insight, that competition had a way of breaking up even the most entrenched monopolies.

Sure enough, while the state attorneys general yesterday studied their options now that the US Justice Department has settled, IBM announced it would donate $40 million worth of Java-based software to the burgeoning open-source software development community, in an effort to galvanize it further. Details, including the creation of a research consortium with a multicompany board, will be announced this month. Red Hat, Rational, Merant, QSSL, TogetherSoft and other open-source companies will be involved.

The name of the new open-source software is Eclipse, as in the overshadowing of Microsoft's proprietary approach that IBM hopes eventually will take place."

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