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Des Moines Register: User-Friendly Open Source Software Befriends Buyers, Sellers

Feb 28, 2005, 17:30 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Open source software, once the domain of hardcore geekdom, is increasingly changing the shape of software in our homes and offices. Its evolution is what has allowed Wal-Mart to sell PCs for $200 to $300 [€151-226].

"To better understand open source software, let's first cover some software development essentials. (Later on, we'll get to the free stuff.) The programs you buy on CD or over the Internet come in files that can only be understood by your computer hardware. You can't open the files that run Microsoft Word and read all the logic and instructions that make the program run..."

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