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"... appeal compared with proprietary software. When Microsoft Corp. touted Vista in its worldwide release this year, it did so in 20 languages, says Mark Lancaster, CEO of SDL International PLC, the Maidenhead, England, company that helped translate the operating system's content. SDL also renders about 10 million words per month into dozens of languages for Hewlett-Packard Co. Open-source projects, on the other hand, are almost exclusively developed, described and distributed globally in English. 'Does that put [open source] at a disadvantage against big technology companies? Yes,' says Lancaster..."

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