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CNET News: Commentary: The Way of Linux

Jan 28, 2003, 01:00 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ted Schadler)

"Despite its recent rise to fame, open-source software isn't new--after all, it's anchored the Internet with BIND and Sendmail for decades and runs more Web servers than any proprietary alternative. What's different now? Open-source software--and the hardware from Intel and Advanced Micro Devices that most users run it on--has passed the good-enough point. Put another way, today's open-source rewards outweigh the risks.

"But sorting through the open-source propaganda and avoiding open-source choices that don't make sense--like desktop operating systems--isn't easy. To avoid gaffes, start your strategy-planning process with answers to these questions: What's different about open-source software? Which open-source products should firms use? What's the right open-source deployment strategy? Which vendors can help with open source...?"

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