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InfoWorld: The Open Road Ahead

Apr 21, 2003, 20:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Russell C Pavlicek)

[ Thanks to Russell C Pavlicek for this link. ]

From Russell's contribution of this article:

"Infoworld's Open Source column goes away this week.

"I can honestly say that I've enjoyed writing the columns and hearing from readers during these past months. Folks, it's been a blast."

[Editor's Note: The closing of Russell's Open Source column at InfoWorld is a sad event for us at Linux Today. Russell is a solid journalist and a good friend to us here at Linux Today. We wish him well in his future endeavors, knowing full well that this is a redundant statement--he's bound to excel no matter what course he pursues. -BKP]

From the column:

"Things change. Next week, InfoWorld gets a new look with fewer columns, not including this one.

"A lot has happened with open source in the year and a half that I've written this column. When I started, there were lots of people in the IT world who knew little or nothing about open source. There was a lot of suspicion about its validity in business. And there was widespread skepticism about its suitability for the desktop.

"Today, much has changed. Many more IT people have at least a basic understanding of what open source is. Many businesses now routinely evaluate open-source software alongside closed-source products as part of their search for business solutions. And no one laughs about open-source desktops anymore--especially not the organizations currently testing the solution.

"Is my commentary responsible for the major shift in business opinion regarding open source? Of course not. But hopefully I've helped things along in some small way..."

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